by Al Myers
2014 USAWA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Group picture from the 2014 USAWA Team Championships (left to right): LaVerne Myers, Al Myers, Chad Ullom, and Dean Ross.
I started promoting the USAWA Team Championships in 2007, so this year makes it the 8th year! I remember thinking this would become a popular meet amongst the lifters because it gave a different element to lifting than other meets -that being you lifted “on the bar” with a team mate! Well, in these 8 years it has not seemed to grow as I imagined back then, but none the less, always gives an entertaining day of lifting. This year Chad and I again competed to “defend our title” from last year, and were challenged by the Dino Gym elders LaVerne Myers and Dean Ross. These two team up well in size and lifting ability, plus have “been around the block a time or two” so they know how to play dirty. I knew they would give us a good fight. That was true. Dean employed various means of chemical warfare against us, while LaVerne used mental persuasion to get us to swap out a lift for another to give them a competitive advantage. When Chad and I was still dizzy from the nerve gas that Dean imposed upon us, we agreed to this request of LaVerne’s without contention. Their teamwork was in full force before the meet even started!
So the Clean and Jerk with the Fulton Bar AND the Jefferson Lift was replaced by the Deadlift with the Fulton Bar, Ciavattone Grip. And as it turned out – the meet came down to this last lift. LaVerne and Dean pulled together an outstanding lift of 551 pounds! I knew with their added age allowance this was going to make us really push ourselves. But thankfully, my partner didn’t let me down and Chad and I pulled a PR of 672# for the win and a new Dino Gym Record (breaking our previous record of 640#).
This may have been a small meet, but we had a lot of fun in the gym today. The meet even got over quick so the meet report/results is being posted on the same day as the meet. That might be a first!
2014 USAWA Team Championships
Dino Gym, Abilene, Kansas
August 24th, 2014
Meet Director: Al Myers
Officials (1 official system used): Al Myers, Chad Ullom, LaVerne Myers
Lifts: Clean and Jerk – One Arm, Curl – Cheat, Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Ciavattone Grip
Dino Gym 1
Dean Ross – 71 years old, 267 pounds
LaVerne Myers – 71 years old, 247 pounds
Dino Gym 2
Al Myers – 48 years old, 236 pounds
Chad Ullom – 42 years old, 253 pounds
|Dino Gym 2
|Dino Gym 1
NOTES: All lifts recorded in kilograms. TOTAL is total kilograms lifted. Points are adjusted points for age and bodyweight corrections.