Payne and Pringle Rise at SLC SENDFEST

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Portia Menlove reaching through on Women's Final #2Photo by Dan Dewell

Payne and Pringle Rise at SLC SENDFEST

Ethan Pringle and Angie Payne won the second annual USAC SENDFEST in Salt Lake City on August 11th at The Front climbing gym, taking home a top prize purse of $1,000 each. In a tight field of the nation's strongest competition climbers, their slim victories were marked by a flash of Men's #2 for Pringle — a slopey problem done by only a handful of the top finishers — and a strong send of Women's #3 for Payne — a techy boulder problem that went unrepeated by the field. Bosley's lonely send of Men's #3 moved him narrowly past Sharma; Puccio and Johnson battled it out, sending Women's #4 (tying for second place), but upon reviewing Qualifier results, Johnson eeked out the $750 second place finish. The pool of competitors for this event read as a "Who's Who?" of the U.S.'s top young climbers making news: Daniel Woods, Paul Robinson, Jon Cardwell; as well as the familiar faces of comps past, such as Chris Sharma, Obe Carrion, Matt Bosley, and Steven Jeffery. For more about SENDFEST, CLICK HERE

2006 USAC Sendfest Results

Women's Finals: Angie Payne Alex Johnson Alex Puccio Cicada Jenerik Portia Menlove Kate Reese Natasha Barnes Alexsandra Balakiyero Cheryl Pirozzi Ally Dorey Sydney McNair Tori Maisey Emily Harrington Melissa LaCasse Nadya Vorotnikov Noella Nykyforuk Kasia Pietras Lani Adamson Amy Cockerham Joy Hansen Men's Finals: Ethan Pringle Matt Bosley Chris Sharma Daniel Woods Tyler Landman Paul Robinson Obe Carrion David Marquess Mark Hobson Rob D'Anastasio Tyler Davis Tyler Haack Vasya Vorotnikov Brian Kim Mike Auldridge Jon Cardwell Chris Lindner B.J. Tilden Steven Jeffery Patrick LutherComment on this story

For more about SENDFEST, CLICK HERE