For the second straight year, the Leavenworth High School girls powerlifting team won the state championship. The boys team took fourth place out of 16 teams.
The two teams combined to have seven individual state champions and 13 medalists during the March 1 competition at Goddard High School.
"We were more focused," Amelia Cribb said. "Wanting to win the state tournament."
Moraya Goodman (105 pounds), Alyssa Soto (114 pounds), Laura Payne (132 pounds), Vanessa Turpin (140 pounds), Brittany Bosarge (165 pounds), Matt Vail (123 pounds) and
Corey DuPriest (132 pounds) each earned state titles.
"I don't think I could be more happy in the overall performance," coach Daniel Capps said.
Goodman recorded personal best lifts in the bench press (105), squat (170) and clean (105).
"She is so strong for how tiny she is that she just shocks people a lot of times when we go to meets," Capps said.
Bosarge had the top squat (280) and clean (160) on her way to a state title.
"She definitely goes into meets and generally has a much better squat than most people," Capps said. "What's kind of fun to see there is that it used to be that her squat was above average, her bench press well below average and her clean kind of average.
"At first, when she was a sophomore and part of her junior year, she couldn't really translate all that lower body strength into a faster movement like a clean and now she can."
Turpin recorded the top squat of 275 pounds and the best bench press of 135 pounds to propel her to the top of her weight class.
Soto took home a first-place medal for her 115-pound bench press to go along with her state championship medal.
Capps said DuPriest may be the first Pioneer freshman to win a state title in powerlifting. He also earned a first-place medal with a 280-pound squat.
Vail's squat of 285 pounds was good for first place. He also recorded the top clean lift of 185 pounds. It was his second state title.
"That was great to see him do that," Capps said. "It's been a lot of fun watching him this season because he's been pretty dominant."
Cribb tied for first in her weight class, but settled for second place since she weighed more than the other lifter.
"Had she made her last clean, she would have leap frogged that girl," Capps said. "It was amazing as it was. She hit a new PR on clean on her second attempt and went for a third one, caught it, stood about three-quarters of the way up with it and just couldn't quite hold onto it."
Cribb said it was disappointing not finishing first, but she was glad the team won its second straight state title.
"Especially since I was on the team last year, it's nice to know that we are still good enough to win," she said.
Lindsay Robichaux (123 pounds), Meagan Brucker (140 pounds) and Annika Wulff (165 pounds) each took third for the girls. For the boys, Anthony Hunt and David Turpin each took third.
This has been Brucker's first season competing in powerlifting. She said she's learned to enjoy the hard work that goes into it.
"Sometimes it's a struggle, but I have so much fun doing it," she said. "I love working out, too, so it's just like going out there and doing what I like to do."
The state meet was the first for Sean Young and Sanchez Williams, who each recorded personal bests in all three lifts.
"You get yourself in the heat of competition and it can either break you or it can make you do that," Capps said. "It can make you do things that you never thought you could do before."
Next up for the team is High School Nationals on March 29 and 30 in Oklahoma City.
"We are training hard and we are making sure that we will hit new PR's at nationals," Cribb said.