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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Pioneer lifters head to state

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  • After collecting several medals at two meets Feb. 15, the Leavenworth High School powerlifting team turns its focus on Saturday's state meet at Goddard High School, west of Wichita.
    The team split up in two groups Feb. 15, with one competing in the Augusta Powerlifting Invitational and another in the Missouri Valley Weightlifting Championships in St. Joseph, Mo.
    The girls team took first place at Augusta, as four LHS lifters earned gold medals in their weight class. Three lifters finished first in their weight class in St. Joseph.
    A group of 31 lifters is expected to make the trip Saturday with the goal of collecting more hardware.
    Annika Wulff took home a bronze medal after her performance at Augusta and said she looks to a least match that finish.
    She also said she's looking forward to how the team does as a whole.
    "I'm exited to see how well the girls and guys teams do overall," she said. "I really hope that we win both, the guys and girls."
    The boys team finished seventh at Augusts, but coach Daniel Capps said they have the ability to top that at state.
    "We have some of our better guys going," he said. "And if they have a good day along with some of our guys that end up placing outside of medal range, but still pick up team points, and we've had a fair amount of that this year, I don't think there's any reason we couldn't be top three or four."
    Some of the 31 lifters have either competed in a couple of meets or haven't attended a competition yet.
    "It'll be a lot of fun to watch this group because we've got a few that haven't gone to a lot of meets before," Capps said. "Just watching their openers this week, I think they are going to do really well."
    One of the newcomers will be Josh Morgan.
    "I'm excited to have him go because I think it will show him what's possible for him," Capps said. "He'll improve in leaps and bounds like everybody else seems to."
    Sean Young and Sanchez Williams will also be competing in their first meet.
    "I'm looking forward to that, too, because the whole point of this is getting people competing," Capps said. "The more you compete and the more you see what's out there and what can be accomplished in this, the better they get."
    After the state meet, the team will be raising money for a trip to powerlifting nationals in Oklahoma City in late March.
    At 5 p.m. March 7, the team will compete in the dead lift at Leavenworth High School. Donations can be made either by a certain amount per pound a lifter completes in the dead lift or a total amount of their choosing.
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