Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Rocky Mountain State Games Wrap Up

Barbell Strategy Weightlifting took 7 participants to this year's RMSG held at CrossFit SoCo and run by Paul Fleschler and his team, Front Range Weightlifting.

EJ Isla started us off with a strong performance in the 77kg class with a 5/6 performance and PRs across the board. 100kg Snatch (5kg meet PR) 124kg C/J (4kg PR) for 224 total (a 9kg PR) EJ has been after that 100kg snatch for awhile now. Great effort!

Jordan Pepe was next up for us in the 63kg class and despite not being 100% stepped up with a Bronze Medal 6/6, 5kg PR total performance (153kg) by tying her best snatch effort at 68kg and improving on her clean and jerk 5g with 85kg. 

In the 85Kg Class, our oldest club lifter, James Cushing-Murray made the qualifying total in the 70-74 age group Masters Nationals with 5/6 day and a 43kg/48kg/91kg, 3kg Snatch and Total PR! Also in the Masters, Michael Herring had a tough weight cut and a tough day. Unable to make his opening snatch, he came back for a 2/3 effort in the Clean and Jerk with 108kg.  Having qualified for American Open in his last meet, Brian Bender struggled a bit but was able to put together a Silver medal performance with 3/6 106/136/242 day.

Sunday morning Katie Bender took the Silver medal in a tough 69kg class.with 5/6 day. She hit 62kg Snatch for a 1Kg PR and a big 80kg clean and jerk for an 8kg meet PR and a 9kg meet PR total. 

Our last lifter of the meet was Madeleine Foley in the +75kg weight class. Madeleine has really put in the hard work since starting the sport just about a year ago. (I was a very proud coach indeed when another long time Colorado coach made a point to stop by while Madeleine was warming up and remark to her how much good progress she's made! ) Madeleine went 5/6 with a 63kg/77kg/140 Kg total, which was not only a 5kg clean/jerk PR and a 4kg total PR, but also enough for Bronze!   

Madeleine congratulated by Gold medalist Ashley Stephens of Front Range Weightlifting Team
Great job everyone! Keep training hard and good things will happen!