Lifters shine at nationals
The River Falls Powerlifting club sent four lifters to the USA Powerlifting High School Nationals March 28-31 in Alexandria, La.
Senior Coryn Davidson had the team's highest finish, moving up from ninth place at last year's national competition to place third in the varsity 74-kilogram division this year.
"She had a very strong showing and defeated many of the strongest girls in the country," head coach Jeremy Carlson said.
Senior Hailee Markey was unable to defend her national title due to a concussion, but senior Alana Feser took 14th place in the varsity 84 kilogram weight class and senior Elly Bjork took 14th in the varsity 72 kg division, setting personal records in all three lifts.
"That is very rare, especially for a first timer after driving 18 hours and competing on the national stage,"Carlson said about Bjork. "Her dedication and preparation all year were top notch and she just continued to improve all season, for any normal meet let alone on a national stage."
Sophomore Logan Zyduck took third place in a very competitive boys' JV 74 kg division and went 9-for-9 meaning all of his lifting attempts were successful. "A great achievement," Carlson said.
Carlson said he was proud of every member of this year's powerlifting team.
"Our for motto for training was 'embrace the grind,'" he noted. "An attitude and work ethic that our team internalized, and I think the results speak for themselves. I am very excited to see what this young, hungry team has in store for the future. We have had phenomenal support from our booster club board and the community in general."
Carlson said he also appreciated the help of the team's assistant coaches—Steve Trudeau, Courtney Johnson, Jaden Maas, and JP Eaton.
"Without their sacrifice and dedication none of this would have been possible," he said.
The River Falls girls won their second straight Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association state championship in Appleton March 2-3, and Carlson said the athletes' achievements on the state and national stage made themselves hard not to notice.
"It's fun to be a part of this program, and we invite the entire community to join us and support our kids moving forward into next year," he said. "These kids have bought into expecting greatness from themselves and in my experience when that becomes the culture and the norm, great things are unavoidable."