Morenci lifters produce three state titles 3.19

Written by David Green.

A very competitive tournament with last lifts making the difference.

That’s how Morenci power-lifting coach Dan Hoffman described Friday and Saturday’s MHSPLA Raw High School State Meet.

In the end, Morenci lifters came home with several state records and three first-place finishes.

“This was the most competitive meet of the year to date,” Hoffman said. “Most of our lifters’ final attempt on the dead lift determined the final place, including all the boys state champions.”

That worked in the favor of some Bulldog competitors, but against Kelby Allen. He set a state record in the squat lift at 405 pounds, but he was edged out by five pounds on another lifter’s final attempt and ended up placing second overall in the 145-pound weight division.

Allen’s other scores were 225 in the bench, 445 in the dead lift and 1,075 overall.

Levi Hoffman stayed on top in the 181-pound class, setting a state record of 1,250 total pounds. His 450 squat was also a record. He lifted 270 in the bench and 530 in the dead lift.

Morenci’s other varsity state champion came in the girls 114-pound division with Roxanne Shankster.

She scored 105 in the bench press and set records in the squat (195) and the dead lift (265). Her total was 565.

Salena Keller competed in the 123-pound class and placed fifth with a 510 total. Her scores were 180 (squat), 90 (bench) and 240 (dead lift).

Naomi Hoffman competed at 114 with scores of 155, 95, 205 and 455.

Codie Clymer placed seventh in the  145-pound varsity competition with scores of 300, 225, 390 and 915. Lucas Johnson (207) scored 300, 275, 435 and 1,010.

Morenci also produced a junior varsity state champion with Chas Frey winning the 145-pound class. His scores were 285, 245 (record), 410 (record) and 940.

More than 300 lifters competed in the boys varsity division and nearly that many in the junior varsity tournament. About 150 girls lifted.

All compeittors qualified for the state tournament through scores earned a regional meets. Medals were given to the top 10 in the boys division and to the top five girls.

The final meet of this school year is he USA Powerlifting High School Nationals in Kalamazoo April 4-6. This marks the first year the national tournament has been scheduled in Michigan.

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