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Lift Lift Boom Rumbles in Leadville For First Year

By Ben Wells

On Saturday, Aug. 8, the Leadville Lifters competed in the inaugural Lift Lift Boom Weightlifting Competition. There were a total of 17 competitors from around the state competition. Representing Leadville Lifters Girls at the meet were Kaytlin Sprague, Bailey Sprague, Tayler Galloway, Aarika Johnson and Cassidy Cecil. For the guys there was Quentin Vigil-Highhawk and Tony Torsell. Crossfit 10-2 had two competitors, Adam Olson and Ethan Howard as well.

Cassidy Cecil lifted 30KG(66lbs) in the snatch and 40KG(88lbs) in the clean and jerk which is a total of 70KG(154lbs), a personal record for her as well. Photo: Camp Fristed

Cassidy Cecil lifted 30KG(66lbs) in the snatch and 40KG(88lbs) in the clean and jerk which is a total of 70KG(154lbs), a personal record for her as well. Photo: Camp Fristed

For the girls, Kaytlin Sprague just came back from Youth Nationals and lifted a total of 50KG(110lbs) between the best of her lifts. This total puts her in line to be able to compete at Youth Nationals next summer in Austin, TX. Bailey Sprague had a bit of struggle with her snatch lift, but came back and set a personal competition record in the clean and jerk with a successful 35KG(77lbs) lift. Tayler Galloway had a great showing with a snatch of 32KG(70.4lbs) and a clean and jerk of 35KG(77lbs). Cassidy Cecil lifted 30KG(66lbs) in the snatch and 40KG(88lbs) in the clean and jerk which is a total of 70KG(154lbs), a personal record for her as well. Aarika Johnson had decided to lift for support of the other girls and went 5 for 6 with a total of 80KG(176lbs).

For the guys, Quentin Vigil-Highhawk had some issue with his snatch lift but had a great showing in the clean and jerk with a successful 70KG(154lb) lift. Tony Torsell had a great day lifting, with a 105KG(231lbs) snatch and a 142KG(312.4lbs) for a total of 247KG(543.4lbs). With this total Tony has qualified for the American Open in Reno, NV in December. Adam Olson, co-owner of Crossfit 10-2, competed in his first competition and had a success with a 91KG(200.2lbs) snatch and a 121(266.2lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 212KG(466.4lbs). Ethan Howard, one of Leadville’s own firefighters, also competed in his first competition and competed a 91KG(200.2lbs) snatch and a 130KG(286lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 221KG(486lbs).

Congratulation to all of the competitors; hope to see them back again next year.

Tony Torsell had a great day lifting, with a 105KG(231lbs) snatch and a 142KG(312.4lbs) for a total of 247KG(543.4lbs). With this total Tony has qualified for the American Open in Reno, NV in December. Photo: Camp Fristed.

Tony Torsell had a great day lifting, with a 105KG(231lbs) snatch and a 142KG(312.4lbs) for a total of 247KG(543.4lbs). With this total Tony has qualified for the American Open in Reno, NV in December. Photo: Camp Fristed.

If It’s Friday in Leadville, It’s Lead Vegas, Baby

The bright, neon lights of downtown Lead Vegas.

The bright, neon lights of downtown Lead Vegas.

It’s the week after Boom Days and the eve of the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) Mountain Bike Race. Next week, it’s the USA Pro (Cycling) Challenge coming through Lake County on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by the LT100 “Race Across The Sky” Run. It’s hard to keep up with it all, but Leadville Today is here to assist with some helpful information. And if it’s Friday in Leadville, then it’s time for the Lead Vegas report!

Friday Nights in Leadville Continues This Weekend

The “Friday Nights in Leadville,” series continues this Friday, Aug. 14 for the summer season with a Poetry Reading by Juan Morales starting at 7 p.m. 

fridaymoralesphoto (1)Juan Morales is the author of the new collection of poetry, The Siren World (Lithic Press) and Friday and the Year That Followed (Bedbug Press). His poems have recently appeared in Poet Lore, Huizache, Luna Luna, and are forthcoming from Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mas Tequila Review, Ostrich Review, Origins, and Duende. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, the Editor of Pilgrimage Magazine, and an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and curates the SoCo Reading Series. 

 The free event will take place at Upstairs at the Brewpub, 115 East Seventh Street (BYOB). These “Friday Nights in Leadville” cultural events are free and part of the summer’s Friday night series sponsored by Zuni Canyon Institute. For information call <a href="tel:719-486-1282719-486-1282719-486-1282719-486-1282“>719-486-1282719-486-1282719-486-1282719-486-1282.

Live Music at Scarlet Friday & Saturday

LeadVegasSignThe Scarlet Bar in downtown Lead Vegas will be having live music on both Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15. Tonight, it’s one of the locals favorite: GROOVESPEAK.

Founded by Leadville’s Carey Nall,  GROOVESPEAK, has been rocking the mountains since 2003 with some original tunes and of course, some old Grateful Dead favorites. Everybody out on the dance floor!

Then on Saturday when you’re ready to celebrate your LT100 MTB Finish, head over to The Scarlet and take in the Soul Tones band w/ special guests Roadrunnerz as they light the evening ablaze with their rock in’ funky, dance till you drop sound! Catch the band as they perform tunes off their newest upcoming album as well as performing some old favorites. With almost 60 years of accumulated musical experience, you can be assured that the Soul Tones are a refined act that is sure to please.Obit_Spacer_Thin

On July 22, the latest mural to grace downtown Leadville was revealed at Peoples Bank. Created by local artist Lexie Palmore, the mural pays tribute to the 10th Mountain Division.

On July 22, the latest mural to grace downtown Leadville was revealed at Peoples Bank. Created by Lexie Palmore, the mural pays tribute to the 10th Mountain Division.

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