OREGON WEIGHTLIFTING

LWC 37

Oregon Weightlifting LWC 37

Between Lifts Podcast

Check out the Between Lifts podcast brought to you by Oregon LWC weightlifters Jack, Drew and Kara. Available on iTunes and Podbean 

It's an insightful, amusing and entertaining look into the personalities that make up the fabric of the Oregon LWC.

Worth a listen!

Weightlifter Spotlight: Melissa Doherty

7th in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.

Today's spotlight shines down over Eugene, Oregon on a doctor, partner to Oregon weightlifter Lauren Hatmaker, mother of 2 big furry puppies and competitive 63kg masters lifter Melissa Doherty. (She's the one on the right pictured below, if you couldn't tell;-)

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I believe I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa through her better half Lauren;-) most likely at a training session. What struck me about Mel is how genuine and no fuss she is. She clearly loves the sport, the community it provides and puts in the work day in and day out to make it better. I have been lucky enough to travel with her to 2 national competitions and witnessed her not only win her weight and age group but break a long standing CJ record at Masters Nationals 2017! If you don't know her, you should. She's a gem in our community crown. Everyone...meet Melissa.

 

1. Where are you from and any other relevant info? Family, profession, etc.    

I'm originally from Portland. I spent 10 years in Corvallis working as a firefighter/paramedic, before going to medical school at the ripe old age of 33. I've been working as an ER doc at Sacred Heart Hospital since finishing residency in 2003. I currently live in Eugene with my partner Lauren, and our two plus-sized dogs, Olivia and Eleanor.

2. How long have you been weightlifting for?

I have only been seriously weightlifting for about a year and a half. I did my first meet in December 2015. 

3. How did you get started?

I started CrossFit in 2011. That was my introduction to Olympic weightlifting.

4. Your personal mantra?

Hah! "Embrace the suck." This has served me well in many arenas: firefighting, marathoning, my job as an Emergency Physician, and now weightlifting. 

5. How many days a week do you train?

4-5. I'd train every day if my body would let me. 

6. Who does all your programming/coaching?

Jessica Gee. She's the bomb. 

7. Who do you train with? Where do you train?

I train with an amazing group of lifters at our Gee Strength weightlifting club. 

8. What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? 

My best competition lifts are a 49 snatch and 65 C/J. I've hit 50/68 in training/mock meets. 

9. Do you compete and if so why?

Yes. I like to compete to give me something to train for, and as a measuring stick for improvement. 

10. What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting?

Winning my age/weight group at Masters Nationals this year. I somehow managed to beat a woman who has won 12 prior Masters Championships. I had a good meet and she didn't. It's crazy. And I broke a Clean and Jerk record in the process. 

11. What would you say is most important to you in your success?

Having fun and treating people well--pretty much what life's all about. 

12. What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting?

My skinny runner's legs, full of slow-twitch muscle. Years of marathoning did not help me build weightlifter's legs. 

13. What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting?

My careers in emergency services and medicine have given me a great ability to focus under the worst of circumstances, so I don't really get nervous on the platform. I think that's pretty helpful. And, I did a lot of general strength and conditioning when I was younger, so I've always been pretty strong. 

14. Who or what inspires you?

In weightlifting, pretty much anyone who is a good lifter and not a jerk. In life, people who live their lives with grace and selflessness. 

15. What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train?

I've lifted to everything from hip hop to classic rock to opera. I love all kinds of music and different genres suit different lifting sessions. 

16. Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter.

I aspire to a bodyweight snatch. I'm gonna have to lose about 10 kilos, but one day it's gonna happen. 😂

Weightlifter Spotlight: Jennifer Banning

6th in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.

Today's spotlight shines down over Bend, Oregon on a mom, wife and competitive 58kg masters lifter Jennifer Banning.

I've had the pleasure of personally getting to know Jennifer through our interactions at various weightlifting meets throughout the years. The most memorable was back in 2015 in Monrovia California at Masters Nationals. It was awesome to see someone who was passionate about the sport surrounded by her family and friends. She is not only one of the most kind and generous people I have come to know, in spite of being a busy wife to her partner Keith and mom to her two boys, she has managed to earn herself quite a resume as far as weightlifting is concerned. To everyone within the Oregon LWC please meet or get to know Jennifer Banning.

  1. How long have you been weightlifting for? I've been lifting for about 3.5 years

  2. How did you get started? About a year after I started Crossfit I wanted to get better with the Olympic lifts and was immediately hooked.

  3. Your personal mantra? Mostly I tell myself to 'Do the best with what you have' and 'Life is short - Leave no regrets'.

  4. How many days a week do you train? I train about 5-6 days a week mostly Olympic lifting with some Crossfit thrown in to keep the wheels greased.

  5. Who does all your programming/coaching? Adam Hamilton

  6. Who do you train with? Where do you train? Bend, Oregon at Rally Crossfit and at my home gym.  I train with some really great people in a great competitive environment.

  7. What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete?  In competition:- Snatch - 52kg, Clean and Jerk - 68kg  Training:  Snatch - 55kg, Clean and Jerk - 71kg.

  8. Do you compete and if so why? Competitions give me a goal and something to train for. I love to push and better myself.  It takes a gritty mindset to train long and hard for the short time on the platform. I also want to be an example to my boys to never give up and work hard.

  9. What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? Earning a bronze medal at the 2014 World Masters competition in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It was only my 4th meet ever and I went all by myself without a coach.  I met so many like minded people who are passionate about weightlifting and a couple of them have become really good friends.

  10. What would you say is most important to you in your success? A proper mindset and work ethic.

  11. What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? My biggest hurdle I have to say is my age.  I turn 50 this April and unfortunately, I didn't find weightlifting until I 46. You're just not flexible and resilient as you age.

  12. What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? Although i wouldn't consider myself the most physically gifted, I know how to work hard. I know how to grind and I like that aspect of training.  

  13. Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack?  A banana and a chocolate peanut butter protein shake.

  14. What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train.  I like all kinds of music but train to anything that is raw and loud.

  15. Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter? I've tried lots of sports over the years.  I was a collegiate soccer player but most people don't know that I played women's semi-pro full tackle football for two years.

Upcoming Coaching Courses in Oregon

A Sports Performance Course is scheduled for April 1-2, 2017, in Corvallis. Iron Beaver Weightlifting will host the course at Crossfit Train, 1780 SW 3rd. The course runs from 10 am to 5 pm, and fee is $499. REGISTER

StudioX Fitness will also host a Sports Performance Course on April 15-16. REGISTER

Seaside Barbell's Sports Performance Course is scheduled for June 10-11 at Seaside High School, 1901 N Holladay Dr., Seaside. REGISTER

An Advanced Sports Performance Course will take place on May 20-21 at North Valley High School, 6741 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. The course runs from 8 am to 3 pm, and fee is $499. REGISTER

 

Annual LWC Meeting date change announcement!

Please plan to attend the Annual 2017 Oregon LWC meeting on 2.25.17.

An agenda will follow and you are certainly encouraged to bring your thoughts, concerns and solutions to the meeting.

Date: Saturday February 25, 2017

Place: Coburg, Oregon City Hall, 91136 N. Willamette St. Coburg, OR 97408

Directions: From I 5 coming from north or south, use exit 199. Go west approximately 3/4 mile until you run into Willamette St. Make a right and City Hall will be on your left, exactly 283 yards from where you made your right.

Time: 10am – 4:30pm

Annual Oregon LWC Meeting

Please plan to attend the Annual 2017 Oregon LWC meeting on 2.18.17.

 

An agenda will follow and you are certainly encouraged to bring your thoughts, concerns and solutions to the meeting.

 

Date:  SaturdayFebruary 18, 2017

Place: Coburg, Oregon       City Hall,  91136 N. Willamette St. Coburg, OR 97408

Directions:    From I 5 coming from north or south, use exit 199.  Go west approximately 3/4 mile until you run into Willamette St.  Make a right and City Hall will be on your left,  exactly283 yards from where you made your right.

Time: 10am – 4:30pm

Weightlifter Spotlight: Jessica Gee

5th in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.

Today's spotlight shines down over Eugene, Oregon on a long time competitive lifter and coach Jessica Gee.

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Back in 2010 coaching resources were scarce in, at the time, unknown sport of weightlifting. I would drive to Creswell Oregon to train with Tom Hirtz and his Hvy Athletics group every Friday and Saturday for some quality coaching and comradely with others. One of his lifters, at the time, was Jessica Gee. The moment I met Jess I was immediately intimidated. She was this fierce and aggressive personality on the platform but turned out to be one of the kindest, genuine and most giving people the minute she stepped off.

She has dedicated herself to the sport for the better half of the last 10 years as a senior 63kg national caliber weightlifter and is the head coach of Gee Strength weightlifting club out of Eugene, Oregon. 

Everyone, meet Jess...

  1. How long have you been weightlifting for? About 12 years
  2. Your personal mantra? Remember to enjoy it
  3. How many days a week do you train? 5
  4. Who does all your programming? Max Aita
  5. Who do you train with? Mostly alone. A little bit with my other half
  6. How did you get started in weightlifting? One of the weightlifters at the gym I went to encouraged my brother to try it (I had thought it looked SO cool, but had no clue what to do to get into it) I forced myself into the "try out" and never left :)
  7. What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? 81kg snatch & 100kg CJ
  8. Do you compete and if so why? Yes. There is driving force inside me that demands it
  9. What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? American Open Bronze medal. Oh and lifting at nationals in soccer shoes
  10. What would you say is most important to you in your success? Mindset
  11. What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? Mindset
  12. What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? Efficiency. I'm not that strong
  13. Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? When mangos are in season, the best! Otherwise a banana and chocolate protein shake
  14. What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train? I go through fazes but always Rob Zombie  
  15. Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter? I adopted the dive clean to try to be like Yuri Zakharevich-he's my hero (I also bought socks like him-but not the singlet) 

Weightlifter Spotlight: Kat Ricker

4th in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.

Today's spotlight shines down over McMinnville, Oregon on a long time lifter and national level referee Kat Ricker.

One of the first times I met Kat she was grunting and all annoyed that she had missed this one snatch. I was a bit taken aback as I thought "wow how passionate is this lady about her lifts?" Little did I know she was exactly that, a woman who is  ferociously passionate about her training and for the sport as a whole.

Since then I've had the pleasure of traveling with her to 2015 Masters Nationals in Monrovia, CA where she competed as a 63kg lifter in the 45-50 age group and coincidently we celebrated our birthdays that year just one day apart. I watched her jump rope and spit to cut weight and can be found on occasion hanging from trees and rolling down sand dunes for fun. Seriously:-)

She is also one of the most giving people to the sport of weightlifting. She dedicates her time and money to referee throughout the state and is the ONLY national level referee in Oregon. For those of you who don't know what that means...it means that she's spent a lot of time studying the sport, the rules and doling out a lot of white and some red lights.

All in all, she's got a certain zest for life and the sport and I'm sure she wouldn't have it any other way. Ladies and gents, introducing Kat Ricker.

  1. How long have you been weightlifting? Ten years
  2. Your personal mantra? Records are for glory. Lifting is for life. 
  3. How many days a week do you train? 4 - 5
  4. Who does all your programming? I do, though I’ve learned from some excellent coaches who have provided my programming over the years.
  5. Who do you train with? Portland Oregon Weightlifting (POW)
  6. How did you get started in weightlifting? I found it on the Internet a few years before it began to catch on more widely. There, I found my way to USAW mentor coach Jim Schmitz, who helped me lay my foundation.
  7. What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? SN 50, C&J 60, TL 110, all competition lifts. 
  8. Do you compete and if so why? Not currently. I competed for six consistent and aggressive years. The pre-comp training developed my best performances; the recordkeeping through USAW motivated me, and I found broader benefit in the experience of living the competition circuit lifestyle – community, travel, adventure.
  9. What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? Although I’m not an elite lifter, I am proud of a few things - competing in Masters Nationals as my 25th meet (placed fourth); becoming Oregon’s first national referee; competing up and down the West coast, and helping advance the sport for POW and Oregon.
  10. What would you say is most important to you in your success? Involvement with high quality people, and weightlifting seems to attract and develop them in droves. I am always mindful of the support that others have given me.
  11. What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? I’m not built for this sport. But I enjoy it and find a lot of benefit from it, so I do it anyway.
  12. What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? Mental work habits – I am consistent, organized, and keep pushing.
  13. What’s your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? I’m more into pre work out fuel – and that’s French toast with real maple syrup.
  14. What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train? Mask of Gas by Broken Note
  15. Tell us something that no one knows about you as a weightlifter? My “other sport” is boxing. I help officiate USA Boxing events, and I offer Boxing for Fitness classes in Newberg through my small business Bodydrive Fitness LLC.

P.S. Here's a little video she put together called "Why we love weightlifting." https://youtu.be/n1prLrgPdT4

Weightlifter Spotlight: Neville Chu

3rd in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.

Today's spotlight shines down over Portland, Oregon on a new father, husband, coach and well respected physical therapist Neville Chu.

I had the pleasure of meeting Neville at the Industrial Strength Fall Classic back in 2015. Not only was he respectful of our gym/house but lifted with great passion and commitment during the meet. I have since bumped into him on several occasions at meets and at a Clinical Athlete Weightlifting seminar taught by Dr. Quinn Hennoch. I found out then he was a physical therapist. It's not common, in this day and age, that you find medical professionals who are not only knowledgeable about the pillars of their profession but also practice and test those theories day to day. Neville is one of those people. He helps athletes and every day folk regain pain free movement in a rehabilitative setting and competes in the sport of weightlifting at a high level. Please allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Neville Chu.

  1. How long have you been weightlifting for?   I started weightlifting exclusively in 2010, so on and off for 6 years. 
  2. Your personal mantra?   Trust your training.
  3. How many days a week do you train?  4-5
  4. Who does all your programming?   I used to do it all myself but recently started getting coaching from Jared and Dave Fleming.  I have a bad habit of over-programming for myself so I needed to hand that task over to someone with more experience.  
  5. Who do you train with?  Magnus Barbell
  6. How did you get started in weightlifting?  I started CrossFit in 2008 through some coworkers when I was a personal trainer in southern California.  I asked a friend (Max Mormont from CrossFit Costa Mesa) to coach me as an athlete and mentor me as a trainer.  After he trained me for SoCal Regionals in 2009 I figured I could become a better CrossFitter if I were more proficient at weightlifting.  I spent a few months training technique and became addicted.  It helped that I didn't have to run anymore!
  7. What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete?  Competition: Snatch - 111, CJ - 141; Training - Snatch - 114, CJ 135
  8. Do you compete and if so why?  Yes.  I like setting goals.  I like challenging myself.  I feel like competing keeps me focused and takes the monotony out of training.  
  9. What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting?  I'm not a very accomplished weightlifter but I wanted to compete at the Oregon State Championships before my son was born.  It's not a huge deal, but I wanted to have a story to tell him when he gets older about the importance of having and achieving goals.  
  10. What would you say is most important to you in your success?  My wife.  Training takes a lot of time but she knows it's important to me and she has become my biggest cheerleader.  Her support makes it easier to focus. 
  11. What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting?   Time.  My career has taken a lot of time and energy so it can be difficult to find the ability to train consistently.  
  12. What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting?   My mentality.  My dad has always shown me from a young age to make all my efforts count and if you're going to half-ass it then don't even try.  
  13. Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack?   Breakfast burritos and diet coke.  
  14. What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train.   I usually listen to hip hop while training.  If I need a jolt of energy I'll listen to Rage Against the Machine.  If I need to relax and focus a little more I listen to classic rock or reggae.  
  15. Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter?   Before I became a CrossFitter/weightlifter I was a half-marathon runner.  I've done 4 or 5 of them and at one point even had goals of doing a triathalon.  I'm glad those days are behind me.  

Weightlifter Spotlight: Bill Barkelew

2nd in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". 

Today's spotlight shines down somewhere over Springfield, Oregon on a pilar of Oregon Weightlifting, life long lifter, Bill Barkelew.

If you've ever lifted at a meet held at the Ironworks Gym hosted by Heavy Athletics, you're most certainly familiar with a certain center referee named Bill. Bill's infamous for being a stern and fair referee, sitting up close to the platform, his great mustache and most of all not flinching one inch even when a lifter is clearly running with a barbell overhead trying desperately to save a snatch. Bill has also single handedly maintained the Oregon Weightlifting website for a couple of decades as well as aiding in managing the Oregon LWC for over 25 years along with Tom Hirtz and Jim Radcliff. Let's just say this sport is in his blood. We know Bill as the stern ref but I'm pretty sure not a lot of you know a lot about Bill the weightlifter. I got a chance to ask Bill a few questions about himself as an athlete the other day and here's what he was generous to share with us.

How long have you been weightlifting for? Started serious training in 1978, First meet was the 1978 Oregon Cup in Portland.

Your personal mantra? Relax & stay calm.

How many days a week do you train? 1976-2006 I trained 4-5 days a week, presently 2 days a week, but hope to push that to 3 days a week soon.

Who does all your programming? Basically I have always done my own programing other than when I trained with Heavy Athletics then Tom Hirtz took care of that roughly from 1996-1999.

Who do you train with? I have mainly trained at home by myself except for the time I trained with Heavy Athleics from 1996-1999.

How did you get started in weightlifting? I was a very small skinny kid in school and started reading Strength & Health Magazine in 1968 and saw Olympic lifting results and photos, so I started to lift following the photos I saw. WOW have things changed for young people wanting to start lifting now with cross fit and schools etc.

What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? 97.5 kg snatch in 1995 at 79 kg bodyweight at UO Meet, 115 kg Cl & Jk & 207.5 Total in 1999 at 81.4 kg bodyweight.

Do you compete and if so why? I have not competed since April 2006 at the National Masters where I took 2nd place in the 77kg 50-54 age group. Since this last meet injury has kept me off the platform. Have been working to get back in lifting shape and might try to compete next year if everything holds together. I am at about 60% of what I could do in 2003 and hope to get up to about 80% of that, 75 sn 92.5 cl & jk, we will see.

What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? Placing third at the 2003 World Masters in the 77 kg class with a 90 snatch & 110 cl&jk 200 total at 50 years old, that year I also took 1st at the Natinal Masters to qualify for the Worlds meet.

What would you say is most important to you in your success? Never give up on the training and take the bad days along with the good.

What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? Overcoming injury.

What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? My 3 years traning with Heavy Athletics.

Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? Now days it is usually a cold beer

What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train. I always have "Country Music" on the radio when I train.

Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter? Wow that is a tough one and I don't know.

I hope you've enjoyed the read and have a deeper understanding of the history of the sport in Oregon and the great people that make up its fiber.  

Until next time, happy lifting! -Mira

Weightlifter Spotlight: Melissa Franco Fishler

First in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". 

Today's spotlight shines down somewhere over Sherwood, Oregon on a long time lifter Melissa AKA "Missy" Franco Fishler.

 

One of the first times I had the pleasure of meeting Missy was at the Industrial Strength Fall Classic 2014. She appeared at weigh in looking a little tired to say the least. After asking her for her openers and such she then proceeded to tell me she just got off her night shift and was hoping to weigh in first so she could sleep an hour or so before competing. I thought, huh? What? Night shift? Competing? And that's exactly what she did. She napped, foam rolled, warmed up, hit a couple of PR's, kicked ass and put on a great show for all the spectators. That was and is Missy.

How long have you been weightlifting for? Since April 2012

How many days a week do you train? 5 days

Who does all your programming? Baby Bro – Jordan Franco

Who do you train with? I train with my lifting partners at Portland Oregon Weightlifting, which includes state and national qualifying lifters. I also train with CrossFit Lake Oswego.

How did you get started in weightlifting? I wasn’t a big athlete as a youngster. After I had my 2nd child, I wanted to begin to focus on health and exercise in my life and started with general conditioning and learning barbell work at CrossFit Lake Oswego – even though my brother owned a gym. Jordan saw some pictures of me doing overhead squats and told me I better get my ass on his weightlifting team otherwise he was going to Macho Man Randy Savage Double Suplex me like that time we were kids. I said, okay and now here we are…..

What are your best competition lifts? 70 kilo snatch and 84 c&j

Do you compete and if so why? Yes – it is rewarding. Life as a 35 year old single mother with 2 children, a full time career as an Executive Assistant to the President of a financial firm, 2 part time bartending jobs, part time youth weightlifting coach, 37 chickens, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, 1 dog and some fish ------ well you get the gist… live your life and love your life. Live to live. I compete because it’s a reward to myself and an inspiration to my children.

What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? Becoming a state tournament qualifier within 3 years of actual lifting experience with my crazy busy life.

What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? Learning how to control and center your emotion from bad lifts. All eyes are on you – lift with grace and miss with class.

What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? Having an experienced coach who understands every athlete, from technique to mental. Everyone needs a coach and one who knows every piece you intimately well.

Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? Well it’s actually my pre workout. I love the AMP product by Isagenix as a pre-workout and I love their vanilla protein shake for post workout.

What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train.  Favorite song to train to…. System of a Down.. Chopsuey

Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter?  My Uncle is Dan Mello, five time US Open Greco Roman Champion, member of the 1980 Olympic Wrestling Team. US Marine Corps Head Wrestling Coach, 1996 US Wrestling National Coach of the Year and carried the Olympic torch. His story and work ethic has always been an inspiration that I instill into myself, my children, and the youth I coach. You can be anything you want to be as long you as you put the work in. Nothing is handed to you. Its earned.

2016 Oregon State Championships Start List

2016 Women’s State final competitor list (19) 5.31.16

 

The women’s weigh in is between 8 and 9.

The women’s session begins at 10.

48                       

Jennifer Jennings 112 klamath

Taya Newton 100 Level 5

53

Nicole Maynard 125 vulkan

Brennan O’Connell 122 hvyath

Jessica Yang 118 vulkan

58

Marie Rochat 164 Iron beaver

Amanda Berndt 160 vulkan

63

Jessica Gee 180 Max’s gym

Kelly Reece 170 klamath

Robin Brougher 159 Gee strength

69

Sarah Bertram 186 hvyath

Katey Choukalos 183 klamath

Jayne Jeffreys 176 Oregon city

75

Isabelle Batayola 165 Iron beaver

Starlyn Loy 161 klamath

Rylee Carleton 156 klamath

75+

Amelia Salzman 170 hvyath

Jessica Conrad 168 klamath

Cassie Finer 160 Iron beaver

 

2016 Men’s State final competitor list (14) 5.31.16

 

The men’s weigh in is between 10 and 11am.

The men’s session begins at 12pm.

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John Stang 252 Iron beaver

Justin Eberhart 230 Oregon city

 

77

Trent Kaiser 261 klamath

John Saxton 260 klamath

Keifer McInvale 222 Gee Strength

 

85

David Lamb 275 iron beaver

Sam Jay 273 unattached

Jacob Smith 246 Oregon city

 

94

Adam Young 287 vulkan

Samuel Johnson 286 unattached

Nicolas Morris 252 unattached

 

105

Justin Favreau 265 Oregon city

Neville Chu 251 magnus

 

105+

Shane Sevcik 285 klamath

 

2016 Oregon State Championships Preliminary Competitor list

2016 Women’s State preliminary competitor list 5.18.16

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Timoshenko 134

Jennings 112

Newton 100

53

Timoshenko 138

Maynard 125

O’Connell 122

Yang 114

 

58

Rochat 164

Berndt 160

Anson 143

Nguyen 136

O’Connell 130

63

Gee 180

Reece 170

Rochat 162

Brougher 159

Fuhrer 156

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Hay 188

Bertram 186

Choukalos 183

Jeffreys 176

Loy 175

75

Hay 217

Bertram 188

Batayola 165

Loy 161

carleton 156

75+

Salzman 170

Conrad 168

Quist 166

Sayre 161

Finer 160

 

2016 Men’s State preliminary competitor list 5.18.16

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Stang 252

Kulyn 175

69

Saxton 240

Herbst 232

Hurndon 231

Eberhart 230

Bayer 227

77

Devereux 264

Kaiser 261

Saxton 260

Lazarenko 255

McInvale 222

85

Lamb 275

Jay 273

Sullivan 271

Lazarenko 271

Devereux 262

94

Young 287

Johnson 286

Jay 275

Morris 252

Chu 249

105

Gingras 273

Embree 268

Favreau 265

Chu 251

Wilson 251

105+

Sevcik 285

Hamilton 266

Wolfe 229

2016 Criteria for Selection 2016 Oregon State Championships

Qualifying Period 6/6/15 – 5/14/16

USAW Sanctioned Meets only

Currently registered USAW/Oregon LWC

Qualifying total must be done as a registered USAW/Oregon LWC lifter

Lifter must be Oregon LWC registered on 5/14/16, end of qualifying period

Oregon ranking among the top 50 based on Sinclair Formula

No lifter can be selected regardless of class, if ranked below the top 50

Lifter is only permitted to lift in the category they qualified in

Max of three lifters per weight category

Top three per weight category invited

Next two will be invited as alternates

Identical totals / lighter lifter gets preference

Identical totals & identical bwt. / first lifter to do the total gets preference

Invitations go out 5/20/16

Entries must be in hand via mail or in person on 5/31/16

No late entries are accepted

Oregon Represented at the Youth Nationals!

From Coach Ryan Hudson of Level 5:

At 2015 USAW Youth Nationals, the largest weightlifting meet in US History and 2nd largest ever worldwide, Jamesynn Mendez and Brady Wessel, both of Level 5 Strength Weightlifting Club in Sisters, OR, finished 11th in the country in their weight class and age group! We are very proud of their PR performances at their first National Meet!

Jamysenn Mendez (left) Brady Wessel (right)

Jamysenn Mendez (left) Brady Wessel (right)

Brady had a rough start needing his 3rd and final snatch attempt of 82kg to avoid a bomb out. He finished strong going 2 for 3 in the Clean & Jerk with a meet PR of 100kg and 182kg Total. 

Brady finished 11th in the U.S. as the youngest in his age group and weight class of 59 athletes. Next year he will be one of the older and bigger kids in his class and will be ranked Top 5 in the US with a good shot at medals!

Jamesynn finished the Snatch Session 1 for 3 with an 84kg Snatch, just 1kg under his best meet Snatch. He went on to go 3 for 3 in the C&J with PRs of 110/116/120kg for a 12kg C&J PR and a 11kg Total PR of 204kg. His final C&J of 120kg was his first ever ATTEMPT of that weight and first ever ATTEMPT at 1.5 times bodyweight!

Brady Wessel with 100kg on the bar

Brady Wessel with 100kg on the bar

Jamesynn Mendez with 120kg on the bar

Jamesynn Mendez with 120kg on the bar

From Coach Michele Sparks-Nguyen of Dragonfire Barbell Club:

Keanu’s 1st meet was at the Calpain Invitational in June of 2014 and his total was 78k as a 62k lifter. Every meet he improved – Vukan Open 9/2014 82k, Industrial Strength 11/14 83k, Dariotis Memorial 1/15 86k, Central Oregon 2/15 94K, War Games 5/15 96 as a 69k lifter. Youth Nationals 99k total at 69k Meet PR’s on all 42k snatch for Silver 57K C&J for bronze and 99Ktotal for Silver.

Keanu is 13 years old and prior to tying out weightlifting he did Tae Kwon Do in which he achieved his black belt at the age of 8 and then he took up gymnastics and stopped at level 6. He had qualified and competed in gymnastics regionals as a level 5 and 6 gymnast. He dabbled in playing tennis for a while and doing a little CrossFit at his parent’s gym. This year he tried track as a school sport and really liked discus and shot put. His mom had him try weightlifting for fun and thought it would be fun to lift together so that is how is journey in weightlifting started. Keanu lifts on and off depending if there is a school sport. Next year to qualify for Youth Nationals he will have to up his total by 33K to meet the 132K qualifying total– wow can he do it? We will see. Meet by meet just like this past year we are hoping to gradually increase his total! He will have to put in a little more work this time and be more consistent with training.

 

List of LWC referees

I have composed a list of LWC Referees so that future meet directors have a pool of people to ask.  If there is anybody missing please let me know. 

-Dean

 

Jennifer Banning     

Emily Heiberg

Matt Oliver

Joy Bruening

Will Gensel

Beth Borland

Vickie Valdez

Mira Kwon

Amy Farrell

James Vrem

Christie Hand 

Bethany Quist

Ryan Hudson

James Kim

Charity Hughes

Jordan Franco

Kat Ricker

Summer Krasinski

Dawson Borris

Dean Limb

Jay Teider

Tom Hirtz

Bill Barkelew

Jimmy Radclife

David Bayer

Minseon Song

Joe Beck

Rowan Flynn

Aaron Liang

Juanita Rodigruez

Tara Mae

 

2015 Oregon State Weightlifting Championship Qualifying Procedures

2015 Oregon State Championships Qualifying Criteria  6.6.15

Only Oregon LWC registered lifters are eligible. 

At the close of the qualifying period, (5/9/15), only current Oregon LWC registered lifters will receive an invitation to lift in the State Championships.

The qualifying period will include all sanctioned meets, local, national or international which begins with most recent State Meet 6/7/14, and will end with the anticipated POW Meet on 5/9/15. 

The official Sinclair ranking will be posted on the Oregon web site after that qualifying period.

Invitations will  be received by the top 20 lifters when the ranking list is declared correct.

Lifters qualifying total utilized for their ranking must have been done when they were registered in the Oregon LWC.

Lifters must compete in the weight category they have designated on the entry and have qualified for,  in the time period listed above.  Otherwise they surrender their position.

Lifters who have won a 2015 State Championships in another LWC will not be eligible for the 2015 Oregon State Championships, regardless of their USAW registration locale.

A Oregon lifter may have made the qualifying total utilized for their ranking while registered in Oregon as unattached.  But his/her status must be current with a Oregon registered club if the club is to be credited with his/her participation in the State Meet for team points.

The top 15 men, and top 15 women will compete in separate sessions.

The top 15 have priority.  Unfilled positions will be offered to those lifters among the  top 20 based on the Sinclair ranking.  No lifter ranking below the top 20 will be offered the opportunity to lift. 

The Top Male and Female Lifter based on Sinclair that day, will be the Oregon State Champion.  Second and Third Placers will be honored. All participants meeting the above criteria will be acknowledged.

The Outstanding Team will be declared the 2015 State Championship Team. One team award for the men, and one for the women.

Receipt of the COMPLETE entry including a copy of the lifter’s current USAW card and payment must be in the Competition Secretary’s hands by 5/29/15.  Incomplete entries or no entry received will result in the next highest ranked lifter to be invited. 

Mail to:          Tom Hirtz,  Competition Secretary

P.O. Box 2085

Jasper, Oregon 97438