Members of the Brevard College Climbing Team excelled at the 2014 Collegiate Climbing Association’s National Championship held in Melbourne Beach, Fla. this past weekend.
Team Captain and founding member Travis Gray, along with Jake Parker and Elena Reynolds were among the best collegiate climbers at the national indoor championship. In the individual men’s bouldering competition, Gray placed 12th, while Parker earned a 47th finish. Reynolds earned a 40th finish in individual female bouldering.
Overall, the team placed 27th out of 33 highly competitive collegiate teams that represented schools from across the country, including the University of Texas, Georgia Tech and Stanford. Team scores were made up of the top male and female climbers in three disciplines of climbing—speed, sport and bouldering.
“Aside from the fact that nationals is highly competitive, it is also a very fun and exciting atmosphere,” said Gray. “Having competed in bouldering competitions all season prior to coming to nationals, we wanted to stick with what we knew, do our best and have a blast bouldering.
“We’d like to thank everyone for all the encouraging and motivating words sent our way. We are all excited to see what the future brings for this passionate and motivated team of climbers.”
This was the first time the BC student team of nine competed in the national championship.