by Al Myers
2014 USAWA HEAVY LIFT CHAMPIONSHIPS
What a big day at the Dino Gym!!! Saturday, May 3rd, the Dino Gym hosted a “double-header” of strength events – the USAWA Heavy Lift Championships in the morning and the Kansas Strongest Man in the afternoon. Six brave all rounders showed up to tackle the heaviest of the lifts in the USAWA. Veteran Dennis Mitchell made the longest trek to Holland Kansas to compete, coming from Cleveland, Ohio. I was very glad to see Dennis and Flossy here, as less than a year ago Dennis had a knee replaced and I didn’t think Dennis would be up to taking on these heavy types of lifts yet. But Dennis was an eager as ever, and lifted solid in all lifts. Eric Todd and Lance Foster from the KC STRONGMAN club made their appearance as well. ET set the tone early on that he was going to be the guy to beat when he went three for three, and set the highest Neck Lift of ALL TIME with a 1080 pound successful lift!!! I’ve seen ET lift over 1000 pounds several times in the Neck Lift to date, but I’m continually amazed at seeing it again. This big lift of ET’s overshadowed Chad Ullom’s herculean Neck Lift as well. Chad lifted a personal record 1014 pounds in the Neck Lift. Very rarely do you get to see two lifters put up these type of Neck Lifts on the same platform. Eric went on to win the overall best lifter of the day, with Chad a close runner-up.
We had a welcomed newcomer to the USAWA on Saturday – if you could really call him that. I say that because Dave Hahn of Overland Park, Kansas made his return to the USAWA after a 23 year absence! The previous time he lifted in our organization was at one of Bill Clark’s Zercher Meets in the early nineties. I was very impressed with Dave’s lifting ability – and he seemed to have knowledge of the heavy lifts as well. He put up great numbers – 350 Neck, 520 H&T, and 900 Hip. He took a shot at over 1000 in the Hip, and if not for a little balance issues, would have got it. After the meet I told Dave not to wait another 23 years before lifting in the USAWA again!!
Now who have I forgot to mention???? I guess I saved the best for last – Dean Ross! Dean has been one of the biggest supporters of the Dino Gym events over the years, and rarely misses anything! He’s also been a tremendous supporter of the USAWA these past few years and probably does more USAWA events than any other lifter! One thing about Dean – when he’s in attendance there’s never a dull moment! I was most impressed by his 700 pound Hand and Thigh. Also – once the meet was over Dean had to “hit to road” immediately to make it to Texas for a Highland Games the next day!
I hope all the lifters had a great time at this championships. I know I pushed things along at a fast pace to get done in time for the strongman meet afterwards. From start to finish the meet lasted just a little over 3 hours! I especially want to thank my dad LaVerne for officiating and helping me out, all the guys who pitched in loading, Chad for helping me finish the awards and helping with the BBQ, and Scott who was my partner in the day’s promotion.
2014 USAWA Heavy Lift Championships
Dino Gym, Holland, Kansas
May 3rd, 2014
Meet Director: Al Myers
Scorekeeper: Al Myers
Officials (3-official system used): Al Myers (head), LaVerne Myers, Lance Foster, Chad Ullom, Eric Todd, Dennis Mitchell
Lifts: Neck Lift, Hand and Thigh Lift, Hip Lift
EXTRA FOR RECORDS:
Dean Ross – Hand and Thigh 700#
Dean Ross – Hip Lift 800#
Dennis Mitchell – Hip Lift 600#
NOTES: BWT is bodyweight in pounds. All lifts recorded in pounds. TOT is total pounds lifted. PTS are overall adjusted points for age and bodyweight correction.