Huge Qualifying Field Narrowed for 2017 BMX Triple Hit
By Charley Daniels
Qualifiers for the 2017 BMX Triple Hit were stacked to the rafters with heavy hitters, but in the end eight world-class athletes were left standing out of a field of 28. Those eight will be headed to Salt Lake City in hopes of making the Nitro World Games finals, which will take place on June 24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Tickets are already on sale. Check out the highlights here:
The large field consisted of many household names in BMX dirt and park, and the competition for the semifinal slots was fierce. Despite this being a qualifier, to move on each of the eight had to send championship-caliber runs to stay on the leaderboard. Today is Nick Bruce's birthday, and as a gift to himself he rode flawlessly, finishing at the top of the pack. The other seven riders headed to the Triple Hit semis are Irek Rizaev, Kenneth Tencio, Daniel Sandoval, Colton Satterfield, Dawid Godziek, Marcus Christopher, and Andy Buckworth.
The competitors got two runs each, with their best score counting. The sizable field spurred the riders to throw down from the start, which resulted in more than a few stacks in the early rounds. The riders that got composed early appeared to be the big winners. Both of Bruce's runs would have qualified him for the semis, as he put down a 8.94 on his first run and a 9.16 on his second. Buckworth scored a 8.46 to qualify in the final position, an indicator of how tight these top finishers were.
Colton Walker, last year's Triple Hit winner, is already bound for the finals, while Logan Martin and Alex Coleborn were invited directly to the 2017 semifinals for finishing second and third, respectively. Brandon Loupos and Brian Fox are prequalified semifinalists, and two wildcard slots remain to be announced.