Lake County High took on and beat some of the largest schools in the state to qualify for the National Championships for Schoolage Athletes and the Youth Olympic Games trials in Daytona Beach , Florida this June having traveled to compete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado yesterday for State Championships.
Headlining the Leadville line up was 16 year old Brayan Romo, who took up the sport just 3 months ago. His new State record in the 77kg (168lbs) class of 140kg (309lbs), qualified Romo for Nationals – the Lake County Panther who also excels in both Soccer and Football will now go forward to compete for the National Title in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Romo will be joined in Daytona Beach by Gabrielle Torsell who weighs just 117lbs (53kg), but placed second at state with lifts of 69kg (153lbs). Her lifts were good enough to secure a spot at Nationals behind reigning National Champion and American Record holder, Erin Amos of Sandy Creek High (Colorado Springs).
Torsell and Romo do not end the successful day for Lake County, with Aarika Johnson punching her ticket to Nationals and winning Lake County’s second state championship of the evening with a total of 179lbs (79kgs) in the 58kg class.
The Lake County Team also featured Zachary Taylor (Silver Medal, 288lbs), Isaac Dorsey (Silver Medal, 276lbs), Eriberto Rodgriguez (Bronze Medal, 309lbs), and Brianna Hirsheimer (Bronze Medal, 128lbs). Rounding out the team was Christian Acosta, who despite a good showing in the snatch lift failed to make a Clean & Jerk and therefore did not place.
Two additional Leadville Lifters qualified to compete in Nationals at a last-chance competition held in Colorado Springs on Friday, April 25th. Brieanna Hirsheimer (53kg weight class), qualified with lifts of 30kg in the snatch and 37kg in the clean & jerk for a total of 67kg; and Isaac Dorsey (69kg weight class) qualified with lifts of 61kg in the snatch and 80kg in the clean & jerk for a total of 141kg.
Romo, Torsell, Johnson, Hirsheimer and Dorsey will battle it out with the best in the nation at Daytona Beach, Florida in the hope of bringing National Gold to Leadville.
We are now raising money to travel to Daytona Beach for Youth Nationals in June. The following link is to our fundraising site. Please help us if you can!
Leadville Lifters 2014 Colorado State Champions