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Team CTS Strength & Conditioning weightlifting, coached by John Cortese, brought six athletes to compete in the fourth annual Midtown Classic, an Olympic-style weightlifting competition hosted by Midtown Strength & Conditioning in Sacramento on Saturday.

The competing lifters that lifted were Rachel Terrill, Leone Baron, Dakota Maher, James Szekely, Kane Elliott and Derek Wrenn.

Olympic weightlifting competitions group athletes by respective weight class and age group. The athletes receive three attempts in the snatch and clean and jerk. The best attempt of the three lifts are added together for each lift, giving the athlete a total to place in the competition.

The snatch involves lifting a loaded barbell from the ground to overhead in one motion, while the clean and jerk involves lifting a loaded barbell from the ground to shoulders, and shoulders to overhead. Both lifts require speed, strength, power, flexibility, coordination, balance, and great technique.

In the women’s 48kg (105.6 pounds) weight class, Leone Baron (a freshman soccer and lacrosse athlete at UC Davis) went 3 for 3 in the snatch with a personal record of 29kg (63.8 pounds) and 2 for 3 in the clean and jerk with a 38kg (83.6) lift, giving her a total of 67kg. This was Baron’s first competition.

In the women’s 53kg (116.6) weight class, Rachel Terrill (a sophomore tennis and lacrosse athlete at Vintage High School) went 1 for 3 in the snatch with a 39kg (85.8) lift, and went 2 for 3 in the clean and jerk with a lifetime personal record of 51kg (112.2), for a total of 90kg (198). This total qualified Terrill in the 53kg weight class for the USA Weightlifting Junior National Championships in Aurora, Colo., in January, 2014.

In the men’s 77kg (169.4) weight class, Dakota Maher (a junior football and track athlete at Vintage High School) went 3 for 3 in the snatch with a lift of 72kg (158.4) and 3 for 3 in the clean and jerk with a lift of 91kg (200), a total of 163kg. Both of these lifts were lifetime personal records. Maher also qualified for the USA Weightlifting Youth National Championships, to be held in the middle part of 2014.

Also competing in the men’s 77kg weight class was Kane Elliott (a Vintage High school graduate and soon-to-be football player at Santa Rosa Junior College). Elliott went 2 for 3 in the snatch with a personal record of 70kg (154). Elliott did not record an official clean and jerk due to a press-out rule on the jerk, but did have two nice attempts at 106kg (233).

In the men’s 85kg (187) weight class, James Szekely (a CTS coach) went 2 for 3 in the snatch with a competition personal record of 77kg (169.4) and 2 for 3 in the clean and jerk with another competition personal record of 102kg (224.4), for a total of 179kg.

In the men’s 105kg (231) weight class, Derek Wrenn (a Justin-Siena High School graduate and now a freshman at Oregon State University) went 2 for 3 in the snatch with a 97kg (213.4) lift and 1 for 3 in the clean and jerk with a 117kg (257.4) lift, for a total of 214kg. Wrenn nearly qualified for Junior Nationals with this total. Wrenn’s 97kg snatch was a competition personal record.

John Cortese, owner of CTS Strength & Conditioning, was very proud of everyone’s efforts and desire to compete in a loaded field of quality lifters.

“I am very proud of all of our CTS athletes who competed today at the Midtown Classic. Everyone had outstanding performances, including many new competition and lifetime personal records and a Junior Nationals qualifier. It is not easy stepping up to compete in front of a large crowd at these competitions, so I really give them credit for wanting to get involved in the growing sport of weightlifting,” said Cortese.

“This a great outlet for people of all ages, backgrounds, and body types. It is the perfect complement for athletes looking to build speed, strength, and power.”

For more information on CTS Strength & Conditioning and their Olympic weightlifting programs, call 738-0190 or e-mail info@ctsgym.com.

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