LEADVILLE SCHOOL NEWS
LCHS Leadville Lifters Headed to Nationals
Leadville Strong. When people hear these words they may think of the surrounding mountains or maybe the early settlers who had to endure the harsh climate that comes with living at 10,152 feet.
But this month, students athletes at Lake County High School gave the phrase a whole new meaning as they competed in state weightlifting, with some taking top honors. The following is a full report of their accomplishments is brought to you by Ben Wells, The Leadville Lifters Head Coach, who along with Sarah Wells, Girls Coach and Tony Torsell, Boys Coach helped the students achieve their goals. Congratulations and good luck at Nationals in June! Go Panthers!
By Ben Wells, Leadville Lifters Coach
Lake County High School took on and beat some of the largest schools in Colorado at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on April 20 for the State Weightlifting Championships.
Headlining the Leadville line up was 16 year old Brayan Romo, who took up the sport just 3 months ago. His new State record in the 77kg (168lbs) class of 140kg (309lbs), qualified Romo for Nationals. Romo, who excels in both soccer and football, will now go forward to compete for the National Title in Daytona Beach, Fla. in June.
Romo will be joined in Daytona Beach by Gabrielle Torsell who weighs just 117lbs (53kg), but placed second at state with lifts of 69kg (153lbs). Her lifts were good enough to secure a spot at Nationals behind reigning National Champion and American Record holder, Erin Amos of Sandy Creek High (Colorado Springs).
Torsell and Romo were not the only Panthers marking a successful day for Lake County. Aarika Johnson punched her ticket to Nationals, winning Lake County’s second state championship of the evening with a total of 179lbs (79kgs) in the 58kg class.
The Lake County Team also featured Zachary Taylor (Silver Medal, 288lbs), Isaac Dorsey (Silver Medal, 276lbs), Eriberto Rodgriguez (Bronze Medal, 309lbs), and Brianna Hirsheimer (Bronze Medal, 128lbs). Rounding out the team was Christian Acosta, who despite a good showing in the snatch lift failed to make a Clean & Jerk and therefore did not place.
But the season wasn’t quite over. Last Friday, April 25 at Pandora’s Box Crossfit in the Garden of the Gods, Leadville Lifters had two more athletes qualify for Nationals. Congratulations to Brie Hirsheimer and Isaac Dorsey for qualifying in their weight classes.
So Lake County High School will have five student athletes representing Leadville at the National competition. Romo, Torsell, Johnson, Hirsheimer and Dorsey will battle it out with the best in the nation at Daytona Beach, Florida in the hope of bringing National Gold to Leadville. #GoPanthers. #LeadvilleStrong.