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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • With open arms

  • Students from Leavenworth High and Warrren Middle School compete together at Onaga weightlifting competition
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  • The Leavenworth Pioneers weightlifting club recently traveled to Onaga to compete in an USA weightlifting sanctioned event.
    The combined group of Warren Middle School and Leavenworth High School students lifted in two sessions on the day, beginning with the women's division.
    Leavenworth's Alyssa Soto and Sydnie Lundy teamed up with Warren's Jayda Lowe to lift in their first ever weightlifting meet. Lowe took second in the 14-15 age group, 117-pound class while Lundy also won silver in the 16-17 age group, 117-pound bracket.
    Lundy's 176-pound total was more than enough to qualify her for the USA Weightlifting Youth National Championships being held this June in St. Joseph, Mo. Both Lundy and Lowe made every single attempt on the day, going six-for-six.
    Soto missed only one attempt all day and took second to fellow Pioneer Maggie Lee in the 18-20 age, 117-pound class.
    Lee also went six-for-six, hit competition personal records in the snatch and clean and jerk and claimed the best lifter award for her age group.
    The next session saw seven boys from Warren Middle School take to the platform in their first weightlifting meet ever. Only three attempts were missed among all of these lifters, making for a 39-for-44 day.
    Maleke Wright impressed in his first time out, winning gold in the 14-15 age group, 97-pound division. Dominique Riggins also took first in the 14-15 age group, 110-pound class.
    Two Warren athletes were in the 14-15 age group, 137-pound bracket: Kevin Moppin secured third and Isaac Ruble snatched fourth.
    James Hartley wrangled first in the 14-15 age group, 152-pound class while Nathan Carmichael, the Pioneers' lone 13-and-under competitor, won the 152-pound division.

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