Van-Far had 42 kids in grades 8-12 participate in the Power Meet held last Saturday at South Callaway High School.
Every student that attended broke personal records in nearly all of their lifts.
“Big thing about getting younger kids fired up about lifting weights is to get them to understand it is a process,” said Van-Far Athletic Director Blake Logan. “The upperclassmen that they see succeeding were once in their shoes. I try to tell them not to compare their chapter one with some else’s chapter 20.”
Logan said he was proud of how the many Van-Far students are starting to buy into the importance of weight training.
“I feel like the kids have finally bought into the importance of the weight-room to their success on the field, court, etc.,” Logan said. “When a kid begins to see their body change is the moment they become addicted to the process. Kids and parents have to realize that the process is all about consistency. When there is consistency there will be progress. Weight-lifting boosts confidence, reduces risk of injury, and promotes a sense of friendly competition and team bonding that has helped kids push each other as well as believe in themselves. Although many kids did not place, every kid who went gained valuable knowledge and experience that will aid their future success.”
The final results for those Van-Far athletes with top performances includes:
Madison Orr: 2nd Place, Bench Press (105×8=127 lbs) ; 6th OVERALL in Athletic Rating (0.7758) (6/74 girls)
Jordan Garner: 3rd Place 40 Yd Dash (5.28); 3rd Place Hang Clean (125×8=155 lb.); 14th OVERALL in Athletic Rating (0.6917) (14/74 girls)
Boys: (1 rep maxes)
Conner Albrecht: 170-184 lb. – 5th Place Athletic Rating in class; 32nd OVERALL in Athletic Rating (1.0582) (32/333 boys); 1st Place Hang Clean in weight class (270 lb.)
Joe Clithero: 140-154 lb. – 5th Place Athletic Rating in class; 11th OVERALL in Athletic Rating (1.1651) (11/333 boys); 3rd in Bench Press in class (215 lbs); 2nd in Squat in class (330 lbs)
Sharrod Connor: 140-154 lb. – 4th Place Athletic Rating in class; 4th OVERALL (1.2658) (4/333 boys); 3rd Place Hang Clean (215 lb.); 1st Place OVERALL in 40 yard dash (4.61)<– Electronically Timed!
Lucas Robinson: 185-199 lb. – 7th Place Athletic Rating; 21st OVERALL in Athletic Rating (1.0849) (21/333 boys); 3rd Place Hang Clean in weight class (245 lb.)
Johnny Hicks: 155-169 lb. – 7th place Athletic Rating in weight class; 30th OVERALL in Athletic Rating (1.0616) (30/333 boys)
Jacob Garner: 39th OVERALL in Athletic Rating (1.0369) (39/33 boys)
Andrew Snodgrass: 185-199 lb. – 8th Place Athletic Rating in weight class; 78/333 boys overall (0.9413)
Josh Parrott: 42nd OVERALL in Athletic Rating (1.0338) (42/333 boys)
Parker Wallace: 64th OVERALL in Athletic Rating (0.9772) (64/333 boys)
Nick Barnes: 76th OVERALL in Athletic Rating (0.9501) (76/333 boys)
Josh Hodde: Broke school record with 34.8” vertical leap; 83rd OVERALL in Athletic Rating (0.9329) (83/333 boys)
Wyatt McDowell: 94th OVERALL in Athletic Rating (0.9052) (94/333 boys)