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Powerlifters shine at Elk Mound

Anna Cernohous starts her deadlift on her way to a second place finish in the girls 132-pound weight class at the River Falls Powerlifting Club's final meet of the regular season Saturday, Feb. 10, in Elk Mound. 1 / 2
Alex Myszewski competes in the deadlift at the River Falls Powerlifting Club's final meet of the regular season Saturday, Feb. 10, in Elk Mound. Myszewski finished third in the boys 148-pound weight class. Submitted photos 2 / 2

Kevin Karras and Hailee Markey set new school records and four Wildcat powerlifters posted first place efforts at the final meet of the regular season Saturday, Feb. 10, in Elk Mound.

Karras broke the school deadlift record with a lift of 505 pounds and the school bench press record with a lift of 280 pounds on his way to winning the boys 275-pound weight class.

Markey set a new school record in the girls deadlift with a lift of 405 pounds after pursuing the mark relentlessly for over a year. Markey also took first place in her division.

Head coach Jeremy Carlson said the leaders of the club displayed to the rest of the team what can happen when you have the will to prepare to win and refuse to give up.

"You take a kid like Jerric Blair for example," he said. "A team captain, he could have coasted into an easy second place victory but through sheer willpower and determination pulled a deadlift that felt like it took five minutes to get up. He never gave up, and because of that he set a new personal record and won the division.That type of effort raises the bar when it comes to what is normal in the culture of a team and we have more and more kids buying into that."

Blair took first in the boys 132-pound weight class while Eli Froemming gave the Wildcat boys three individual champions with a first place finish at 242 pounds. Dylan Daly Schreiner took second at 114 pounds while Alex Myszewski placed third at 148.

On the girls side, Coryn Davidson finished second to Markey at 198 pounds while Laura Schlee, Anna Cernohous and Skyler Ross took second at 132, 148 and 165 pounds, respectively. In the 114-pound weight class, Kyla Kubera placed second and McKenna Ross was third.

Twenty Wildcats have qualified to compete at the state meet in Mauston March 10-11. Daly-Schreiner (114 pounds), Max Masog (123), Blair (132), Jack Bond (148), Myszewski (148), Logan Zyduck (148), Froemming (242) and Karras (275) will represent the River Falls boys while Kubera (114), McKenna Ross (114), Karina Frisbee (123), Adrianna Jacobson (123), Carleigh Roettger (123), Skylar Ross (132), Cernohous (132), Schlee (132), Elly Bjork (148), Davidson (198), Cora Bibeau (198) and Markey (198) will compete for the girls.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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