USOEC Lifters Begin Season
MARQUETTE– Four United States Olympic Education Center weightlifters earned best lifter awards at the Twin City Open Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn.
Northern Michigan University junior Chris Lenahen (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) lifted a total of 301 kilograms, a new personal record, in the 105 kg weight class. Lenahen was awarded the Best Male Junior Lifter award.
Junior Mathew Fraser (Colchester, Vt.) competed in the 85 kg weight class, earning the Best Male Senior Lifter award with a total weight of 290 kg.
Vanessa McCoy (Wichita Falls, Texas), a facility use athlete training with the USOEC, placed first in the 63 kg weight class with a total of 183 kg, attaining the Best Female Senior Lifter award. Sophomore Kendra Miller (Plainwell, Mich.) placed third with 138 kg.
Sophomore Jerilyn “Rael” Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned the Best Female Junior Lifter award, lifting 173 kg in the 75+ kg weight class. Sophomore Shelbie Serpan (Clearwater, Kan.) placed third with 160 kg.
Four lifters placed first in their respective divisions: freshman Ryan Borges (Bradenton, Fla.), who lifted a total of 200 kg in the 62 kg weight class;senior Allie Henry (River Falls, Wis.), who finished with 190 kg in the 69 kg class; junior Andrew Vrabel (Highland, Ind.), whose 200 kg in the 77 kg class was a new personal record; and junior Daniel Gorelik (Moorestown, N.J.), who also had a personal record in the 94 kg weight class with a total of 275 kg.
Freshman Chris Young (Oakland, Mich.) and junior Marc Surplock (Phoenix, Ill.) both placed fourth in the 225 and 235 weight classes, respectively.
Graduate student Breanne Carlson (Peshtigo, Wisc.) placed second in the 58 kg weight class with a total of 125 kg.
The Twin City Open was a tune-up for the American Open in early December.