A new format this year for the FRCF weightlifting meet; still a two day meet but this year Saturday was dedicated to weightlifting for non-USAW athletes and Sunday was a full day of sanctioned USAW competition.
We had 4 athletes competing Saturday in the non-sanctioned meet. Dayna Larson in her first meet went 6/6 in the 75kg class for Silver. Keith Stillman lifted in the 94 kg class and took Bronze while Sean Linehan, also in his first meet with a strong 6/6 218kg performance, took Gold in the 85kg class. Tyler Yoder made some extremely gutsy attempt jumps in the 105 class to total 200kg and take the Gold.
We had 11 athletes in Sunday's sanctioned meet. The day started very well for us with both Mandi Schaeffer Fry, 63kg and Katie Bender, 69kg taking top honors. Madeleine Foley,+75kg class, took Bronze in her first weightlifting meet.
Jan Michael San Pedro, 77kg, had a breakout performance in his first meet, especially considering how his work and travel schedule have interefered with his training time: 6/6 and a Bronze medal. Jake Sterny, 77kg, coming off competing recently at University Nationals, put up a 5/6 performance with a 3kg PR 115kg Clean and Jerk.
In a nail biter finish in the 85kg class, Brian Bender took Silver, losing the Gold on bodyweight in a tie 241kg finish that came down to the final lift. Alexios Anest in the same weight class finished out of the medals but had a fine 5/6 performance and a 1kg PR on his clean and jerk!
Michael Herring took Gold in the 85kg Masters division going 4/6 with a 206kg total.
In the highly competitive 94s, Jason Thomas had a huge day going 6/6 with PRs in snatch (123kg), C/J (150kg) and total, (273kg) to take Gold. Nick Contino put up a strong 260kg total and 4/6 day. David Wood, lifting in his first USAW meet, had a great 5/6 day; a fabulous singlet; and a PR 121kg C/J for an all-time PR.
Brian Dwyer moved up from the 94kg class and improved his total from last year's performance at this same meet by 20kg. Making huge jumps on his clean and jerk attempts, Brian finished out the day with a 96/112/208kg total with PRs across the board.
Flatirons Weightlifting, for the third year in a row, took Men's Team top honors and Third Place Women's Team. Jason Thomas took Best Lifter honors with his performance also!
It would have been impossible to get everyone warmed up and on the platform and have such a great team performance all by myself. Shout outs to E.J. Isla for loading and providing support in the warm-up room and for putting up with my stressed out shortness, and to my fledgling Level 1 Coaching Staff Alexis Bennett and Jake "Jack" Sterny for jumping in the deep end and coaching their butts off. Thanks to Sean Linehan and Coach Adam Dobrez for schlepping equipment (and me) from gym to competition venue, and back again, and for whatever support was required in the warm-up room. Everyone who came out to lift and then stayed around to help and support the team, thanks so much.
On a personal note, even though we may have had more lifters turn out to compete in the past, I think this was far and away the most excited, fun, and spirited team we have ever assembled, not to mention the most successful in terms of performances. We made a spectacular 82% of our lifts on the platform, which is key to both individual and team success! It was my privilege to be a part of it. Thank you!