A trio of Caledonia weightlifters made the trek to St. Joseph, Mo. June 28 through 30 to take part in the 2013 USA National Youth Weightlifting Championships at the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex on the campus of Missouri Western State University.
Trece Frank, Madisyn Heaney and Devan Heaney, along with coaches Ernie and Eddie Hodges, were among 365 lifters in three different weight classes (13-and-under, 14-and-15 and 16-and-17.)
Making her third trip to the event, Frank, the daughter of Nick and Janet Frank, ended with a total lift weight of 136 kilograms, or 299.2 lbs, recording a lift of 59 kgs in the snatch and 77 kgs in the clean-and-jerk to give her a national championship in the 16-17 age group after placing second a year ago.
Madisyn Heaney, making her second trip to nationals, placed fifth with a lift of 38 kgs in the snatch and 55 kgs in the clean-and-jerk. Devan Heaney recorded lifts of 67 kgs in the snatch and 80 kgs in the clean-and-jerk. Madisyn and Devan are the children of Jeff and Traci Heaney.
The event featured some spectacular lifts, highlighted by 13-year-old Clarence Cummings Jr. of Savannah, Ga., who put up a 125-kilo (275 pounds) lift in the clean-and-jerk and shattered the current United States record Darrel Barnes set in 2007 with a mark of 94 kgs.
The National Youth Championships are sponsored by USA Weightlifting whose mission is to enable United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic competition and to promote and grow the sport of weightlifting in the United States.
– Brady Ambrose