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JR. & Sub JR. “Team Texas” Report

The IPF Junior Worlds in Brazil was yet another opportunity for Texas to showcase its young talent.  14 of the lifters between the 4 teams making the trip were from Texas.  They represented their state very well and returned with a number of medals. 

The Women:

Tyler Garcia of Poth, TX started things for the Sub-Junior Women at 97 lbs.  Tyler hit an impressive third squat of 259 before missing 2 benches and deadlifts.  Her final total of 617 was good for a silver.  Shantel Noel of Port Lavaca cruised through the squats and benches and held the lead at subtotal.  However, she lost her balance over her toes on her first two deadlifts and had to pull her third to finish in 2nd.  Shantel’s squat and bench earned her gold medals in both of those lifts.  The sub-junior women were helped by the silvers of these two girls as they won the overall team title over Russia and Brazil. 

The junior women contained the largest number of Texas lifters of any team.  Not only did they lift well, but they helped to take their team past a very talented group from Ecuador for 2nd place overall.  Melissa Vonsowanh earned bronze medals in the squat and deadlift at 97 lbs.  Melissa is just one of many junior lifters who have at least 3 more years of worlds in front of them.  Andrea Gonzales of Banquete earned a silver in the deadlift and finished 4th overall at 105 lbs.  Adriana Da Costa of the University of Texas moved up to 132.  She earned a bronze medal in the bench press and was robbed of a silver in the squat on her third attempt.  Stephanie King of Kingsville was an alternate who was added to the final roster very close to the meet.  However, she trained as though she was making the team and it showed with an overall silver at 165.  Stephanie narrowly missed a 435 squat and finished with a 407 pull that earned a deadlift gold.  The final session of women saw three Texas lifters competing with Leigh Arnold of Anahuac and Tiffany McKenney of Texas A&M at 198 and Katie Sons of Sanger at SHW.  Tiffany squatted 468 to earn a silver in that lift before a bomb in the bench.  Her huge 347 opener was just a bit too heavy to lock out in 3 attempts.  Leigh had the perfect 9 for 9 day that she needed to win and repeat as world champ.  Katie showed up ready to hit a huge total and started her day with a PR 501 squat.  She benched 292 and pulled a difficult 440 to total 1234 for a new American Record and the overall silver medal. 

The Men:

The sub-junior men fought a close battle with the Russians and ended up in 2nd place overall.  Nick Laznovsky of Los Fresnos was the strongest lifter at 132 but had problems with his squat and bench that kept him from winning the gold.  Nick’s second squat of 473 was very easy.  His third attempt with 496 never happened as he stepped on a spotter’s foot during his setup and never was able to get set before the start command.  Two bench misses with 242 lbs cost him the gold.  The winning pull of 512 got to his knees but he just couldn’t finish it.  It was a disappointing silver for Nick.  But, he does have another year of subs left and will certainly be the favorite next year.   Mike Ladner of Blue Ridge was the heavy favorite coming in after his big performance at mens nationals.  Mike hit at PR squat of 672 and a World Record bench of 475 before pulling 600 to finish off a great day.  It was a great win for Mike.  Joe Trevino of Raymondville has another year of high school left to complete.  His football workouts aren’t doing anything to help his success in lifting.  Yet, he still hit an excellent squat of 688 and 385 bench before nearly pulling 606 to win the overall gold.  Joe has another year of subs left and will be hitting huge numbers next year in Prague. 

The junior men had two Texas boys in Ja Mon Williams at 114 and Dustin Witte at 198.  Ja Mon battled a hip injury since collegiate nationals and his numbers showed it.  He was well off his results from collegiate but will certainly be back next year.  Dustin hit a nice 705 squat and pulled twice for a deadlift medal but just couldn’t finish the lock out. 

Many of these lifters still have junior and sub-junior eligibility remaining.  Expect to see them making the trip to Prague next year and to many worlds in the future.

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