by Al Myers
2013 USAWA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Dino Gym hosted the USAWA Team Championships last weekend. This is a championship event that contests “team lifting”. Team lifting consists of lifting on the bar with a partner – and consists of three divisions: 2-MAN, 2-WOMAN, and MIXED PAIR. Mixed pair is a team that consists of a male & female. Four lifts were contested: Bench Press – Hands Together, Deadlift – Fulton Bar, One Arm, Deadlift – Heels Together, and the Hip Lift. The first three lifts went fairly quickly, but we ran into some difficulties with the Team Hip Lift. To my best knowledge, the Hip Lift being performed as a Team Lift has never been contested before in history. I had made a extra long Heavy Bar, but it required some slight modifications to it as the event was in progress. All of the teams could have done MUCH MORE in this lift if given some more time training it and getting used to the timing of performing a Hip Lift with a partner.
I was very excited to have ALL THREE DIVISIONS represented in this championships. That has never happened before. The Ledaig HA was well represented with Jera and Logan Kressly lifting in the Mixed Pairs, and winning the Overall Mixed Pair Championships. The 2-Woman Division saw a combination of Overall World Champ Ruth Jackson, and Overall Nationals Champ Molly Myers. They formed a formidable duo. The 2-Man Division was won by myself and Chad Ullom. Denny Habecker and Art Montini competed in their first USAWA Team Championships. Their lifting was superb, and each lift they did appeared to be done very easily.
2013 USAWA Team Championships
Dino Gym, Holland, Kansas
August 17th, 2013
Meet Director: Al Myers
Scorekeeper: Al Myers
Loaders: Dean Ross, Dave Glasgow
Photographer: Doug Kressly
Officials (1-official system used): Al Myers & Denny Habecker
Lifts: Bench Press – Hands Together, Deadlift – Fulton Bar, One Arm, Deadlift – Heels Together, Hip Lift
1. Ruth Jackson (51 years old, & 107 lbs) and Molly Myers (15 years old, & 171 lbs)
Open age class and 80 KG weight class
Bench Press – Hands Together: 180 lbs.
MIXED PAIR DIVISION
1. Jera Kressly ( 28 years old, & 231 lbs) and Logan Kressly (15 years old, & 169 lbs)
Open age Class and 105 KG Weight Class
Deadlift – Heels Together: 600 lbs.
1. Al Myers 46 years old, & 235 lbs) and Chad Ullom (41 years old, 252 lbs)
40-44 Age Class and 115 KG Weight Class
2. Denny Habecker (70 years old, & 189 lbs) and Art Montini (85 years old, & 174 lbs)
70-74 Age Class and 90 KG Weight Class
Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Right: 308 lbs.
NOTES: All lifts recorded in pounds. R designates right arm used. TOT is total pounds lifted. PTS are adjusted points for age and bodyweight corrections.