Another successful state meet in the books.
This year’s meet featured 100 lifters over three platforms at the Cox Convention Center. Due to the size and complexity of the meet, I was extremely worried going in. Thanks to our volunteers and growing community support, it was probably the smoothest meet we’ve run so far.
Session 1 consisted of male youth and masters. We had some pretty big lifts from our masters competitors. I was most impressed with 71 year old Jim Napier’s 81kg snatch. We had a lot of new faces in the youth division, which is good to see. Returning youth competitors Murray Soodsma, Trent Littlejohn, Carson Cobb, and Braxton Byrd have shown exceptional improvement.
Session 2 featured our female lifters. Growth in under 20 female participation has been stagnant with only 4 competitors in this age range. We are seeing more competitors in the senior and masters divisions. Again, senior 58kg, 63kg and 69kg are our most competitive female divisions. Nothing as intense as last year’s battle in the 58kg division, though. Best performance was, hands down, by newcomer Elam Hunter. Lifting in the 63kg class, her opening attempts broke the current state records. She finished with 80/103/183.
Session 3 was senior and junior male. We had fewer competitors in the heavy range this year. Most of the action was in the 85kg class with another intense battle between Lee Blanchard’s snatch and Eric Proe’s clean and jerk. We also got to see some pretty big lifts in the 69kg class from Blake Barnes and 105+kg junior lifter, Nick Shironaka.
They just keep getting bigger and better. Many big lifts. 95 records broken. Thanks to all who competed and those that came in support. Big, big thanks to the volunteers and everyone that donated their equipment.
See ya next year,