Saturday was a very exciting Weightlifting Meet for many individuals. We should have all the results posted tomorrow. Just a few comments about our lifters.
Samantha Leigh lifted very well as she is come backing from her quad injury. Sam Snatched 67 kilos and Clean & Jerked 79 at 53 kilos. This was the first time she has made weight at this weight class in a while. Sam is still working on some things but all in all she has made a ton of progress. She won the best Female Lifter Award based off Sinclair.
Missy Faubus has been lifting very good as of late and it shows. This meet was another indication of how much progress she has made. Missy Snatched 90 kilos (meet PR) and Clean & Jerked 105 for 195 kilos (Meet PR) in the 75+ kilo class.
Joel Scott Barnett from Flagstaff did very well Snatching 72 kilos and Clean & Jerking 84 kilos. Joel looked very composed and went 5 for 6. Joel works extremely hard and has just scratched the surface on his ability level.
Keith Weitz performed ok considering he has been suffering from a hip/back injury that has not allowed him to train very heavy at all. Even though he lifted under his best numbers he will heal up and be ready for the American Open.
The heavier weight classes were filled with many of our guys.
Blake Edwards did not have a great day. He Snatched 110 kilos and Clean & Jerked 140 kilos in the 85 kilo Class. These numbers are low for Blake and should have been hitting higher numbers. Blake has needs to build his leg strength and consistency in training in order to take the next step.
Junior Lifter Jake Mapes hit a Competition PR in the Snatch with 100 kilos and another one in the Clean & Jerk with 135 kilos. Jake has made more in training and with more composer and experienced will hit those weights in a competition.
Cody King is quite a special lifter. This was Cody’s first meet and first time putting the Snatch and Clean & Jerk together in one session and only his third time putting the Clean & Jerk together. I don’t normally rush athletes into a meet but Cody is different. Cody got a little anxious in the Snatch and ended up Power Snatching all of his attempts (100, 105, and 110 kilos). He has tremendous amount of Power and once he understands how to use his strength and technique will Snatch 150 kilos. In the Clean & Jerk he made 130 kilos very easy. We bumped up to 140 and Cleaned it very easy but pressed the Jerk out just a little bit. I wanted to have Cody attempt a 145 kilo Clean & Jerk and he cleaned it very easily. This was a PR Clean for Cody. He again like the 140 pressed it out. He also qualified for the Junior Nationals as a 105+. He needs work on both lifts. With time he can be a top Lifter in the US.
Chase Verquer showed continued improvement under pressure. Chase Snatched 110, 115, and had a close miss at 120. In the Clean & Jerk, Chase made 140, 145, and just missed 150 kilos. Chase is full-time Pharmacy Student and has a tremendous course load and still makes improvements.
Craig Rintoul had a very good day of lifting. Craig hit competition PRs in the Snatch with 120 kilos and Clean & Jerk with 150 kilos for a PR Total with 270 kilos. Great job Craig. Next up for Craig the American Open Championships.
James Ellis, like Craig, had a very good day of lifting. James hit a competition and lifetime PR in the Snatch with 125 kilos. James followed it up with a 155 kilo Clean & Jerk for a 280 kilo Total. James is hitting his stride going into the American Open Championships.
Eric Jett finished off the day with some good points and some not so good points. Eric hit a competition PR in the Snatch with 125 kilos. When Eric gets his timing and feel of the movement down, like Cody King, will be snatching in the 140-145 kilo range very soon. In the Clean & Jerk, Eric reverted a little back to his University of Penn Football Strength Training days and decided to Power Clean his weights instead of full cleaning. He ugly Power Cleaned 157 kilos on his last attempt and made the Jerk successfully. We have worked on this for sometime but it still needs more work. I informed Eric with a Power Clean of 157 he should be Cleaning in the 180’s right now. With more time and more confidence in the positions, I believe Eric can be hitting a 340-350 Total by February.
All in all I was very happy with our athletes that lifted. Those heading to the American Open are making great strides to peak for that meet. PRs in National Competitions are what we strive for. Our Club develops weightlifters to the National and International Level. But not only to those levels but to succeed at the highest levels at those Competitions. We make PRs in Big Meets!