Leadville Lifters: Rock Pulls and Pies Competition
by Ben Wells, Leadville Lifters Coach
Leadville Lifters (LVL), the Highest Olympic Weightlifting Club, hosted their fall competition, Pulls and Pies, on Saturday Nov. 21, at Lake County High School. There were 6 girls competing, all LVL athletes, and 5 guys competing, 3 of which were LVL athletes.
The girls session began with weigh ins at 9 a.m. and started lifting at 11 .a.m and competing was Abi Reigel at 44KG, Bailey Sprague at 48KG, Tayler Galloway at 48KG, Katylin Sprague at 39KG, Kenzie Reigel at 48KG, Catilyn Ayers at 58KG and Sandy Gonzalez at 58KG.
This was the first competition for Gonzalez and she had a great day with a 35KG(78.05lbs) snatch and 35KG(78.05lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 70KG(156.1lbs). Ayers had a solid day posting a 32KG(71.36lbs) and a 45KG(100.35lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 77KG(171.71lbs) which is close to what she needs to qualify for Youth Nationals.
K. Reigel went 6 for 6, meaning she successfully completed all 3 snatch lifts and all 3 clean and jerks, and posted a 25KG(55.75lbs) snatch and 35KG(78.05lbs) with total of 60KG(133.8lbs) which qualifys her for Youth Nationals next summer.
K. Sprague finished strong with a 23KG(51.29lbs) snatch and 38KG(84.74lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 61KG(136lbs) earning her another qualifying amount for Youth Nationals. Galloway had a good time posting a 32KG(71.36lbs) snatch and 40KG(89.2lbs) for a total of 72KG(160.56lbs) and making her first qualifying total for Youth Nationals. B. Sprague had a successful day posting a 30KG(66.9lbs) snatch and 42KG(93.66lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 72KG(160.56lbs), also qualifying for Youth Nationals.
A. Reigel hit all 3 snatches and posted a 35KG(78.05lbs) followed by 45KG(100.35lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 80KG(178.4lbs), giving her a Youth Nationals qualifying total and the highest posted weight for the girls session. With 5 qualified for Youth Nationals and several others close the LVL girls are starting to make a name for themselves.
For the guys session, which started about 1 p.m., competing for LVL was Andrew Ayers, Sam Finnell, and Grey Finnell. Also competing was Andrew Klenk, from Aurora, and D’Angelo Osorio, who current trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and is on track to represent the USA in Rio for the 2016 Olympics.
This was Ayers first competition and posted a 28KG(62.44lbs) snatch and 38KG(84.74lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 66KG(147.18lbs). S. Finnell also was first time competitor and posted a 30KG(66.9lbs) snatch and 41KG(91.43lbs) clean and jerk. G. Finnell had a rocky day posting a 70KG(156.1lbs) snatch and making the 100KG(223lbs) clean but missed the jerk.
To wrap up the guys session Osorio posted a 155KG(345.65lbs) snatch and attempted but did not complete a 190KG(423.7lbs) clean and jerk. Having Osorio at the meet was a great experience for the LVL athletes to see and understand what is the their future. Congratulations to all LVL athletes and good luck as they prepare for the LVL Tough Luck Competition in March!