Gen­try pow­er­lifters re­ceive cham­pi­onship rings

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - RANDY MOLL rmoll@nwadg.com

GEN­TRY — Stu­dents who were a part of Gen­try High School’s na­tional cham­pi­onship pow­er­lift­ing team this past school year re­ceived their cham­pi­onship rings on Fri­day.

The pow­er­lift­ing team com­peted in the NASA 34th an­nual Na­tional High School Pow­er­lift­ing Na­tion­als in Ok­la­homa City, Okla., on March 24-25, and won its fourth straight na­tional cham­pi­onship. The team had six first-place awards, two se­cond-place and two third-place awards in the team di­vi­sions. Gen­try won the over­all meet with 110 to­tal team points.

The team had nine lifters — seven se­niors, one ju­nior and one sopho­more. Se­niors Khang Yang and Lawrence Caro have been on all four na­tional cham­pion teams.

Lawrence Caro lifted in the 114-pound di­vi­sion and fin­ished with four first-place wins, one se­cond-place win, and set three new na­tional records. Khang Yang lifted in the 123-pound di­vi­sion and fin­ished with three first-place, one se­cond and one third. Gavin Tay­lor lifted in the 165-pound di­vi­sion and fin­ished with three first-place wins and one third-place and set a new na­tional record in the push-pull. Tan­ner Christie lifted in the 198-pound di­vi­sion and fin­ished with one first-place, two se­cond-place, one third­place and one fourth-place award. Kon­ner Hodges lifted in the 198-pound di­vi­sion and fin­ished with two first-place awards, one se­cond-place, one third-place and one fourth-place, and set two new na­tional records. Ma­son Clark lifted in the 220-pound di­vi­sion and fin­ished with three first-place awards and two third-place awards. To­mas Gomez lifted in the 242-pound di­vi­sion and fin­ished with three first-place awards and one se­cond. J.T. Crosby lifted in the 275-pound di­vi­sion and fin­ished with four first-place awards and one se­cond, and set a new na­tional record in the push­pull. Ker­lose Ruzek lifted in the 308-pound di­vi­sion and fin­ished with five first­place awards and set two new na­tional records.

The Gen­try High School pow­er­lift­ing team is coached by Sean Selig­man, who also has been ac­tive in the sport for many years.

“I would like to thank the fol­low­ing peo­ple for sup­port­ing our pro­gram this year: Keeten Jones, Martha Hawkins, Nel­son Feed Store, Dr. Greg Philpott and Linda John­son who has gone above and beyond in help­ing our pro­gram for the past four years,” Selig­man said.

“We had a great group of lifters this year who ded­i­cated them­selves to work­ing hard to win another cham­pi­onship. Out of our seven se­niors this year, Lawrence Caro and Khang Yang have been on all four na­tional cham­pi­onship teams,” Selig­man said. “We have started an awe­some tra­di­tion here at Gen­try with our pow­er­lift­ing team. I look to keep it go­ing in the fu­ture and start train­ing in Au­gust with the goal of win­ning another cham­pi­onship.

“We also have a goal this year of start­ing an Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion for all past lifters. We are hop­ing to raise enough money to start lift­ing in more fed­er­a­tions in the fu­ture and ex­pand our team with a girls’ pow­er­lift­ing team,” Selig­man added.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/RANDY MOLL

Gen­try High School stu­dents Tan­ner Christie, To­mas Gomez, Ker­lose Ruzek, Kon­ner Hodges and J.T. Crosby show their pow­er­lift­ing cham­pi­onship rings on Fri­day. Not pic­tured ring re­cip­i­ents are Gavin Tay­lor, Lawrence Caro, Ma­son Clark and Khang Yang. They are coached by Sean Selig­man.

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