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Ashley Vogen, Dakota Maher, Rachel Terrill, John Cortese

At the recent USA Weightlifting Youth National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. are, from left, Vintage High School athletes Ashley Vogen, Dakota Maher and Rachel Terrill, and John Cortese, owner of CTS Strength & Conditioning of Napa.

Youth Weightlifting

Vintage students set personal records at weightlifting nationals

Vintage High School athletes Ashley Vogen, Dakota Maher and Rachel Terrill, representing CTS Strength & Conditioning of Napa, competed recently in the 2014 USA Weightlifting Youth National Championships at Spruce Creek High School in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The competition saw 531 athletes ages 8-17 compete in various weight classes and age groups. It was the largest competition in USA Weightlifting history.

“It was an outstanding meet all around,” said CTS owner John Cortese, who along with his wife, Rikki, joined the athletes and their families on the trip. “They got to see what the best athletes are looking like. Not only did they get to compete against the nation’s best weightlifters, but they also changed their mindsets and perspectives on what they could really achieve themselves. They are very inspired. We couldn’t be more proud of them and their accomplishments.”

Vogen, who will be a junior in the fall, competed in the 16-17 women’s 58kg “B” session. She was 3 for 3 in the snatch competition, achieving a personal best of 39kg (85.8 pounds), and went 2 for-3 in the clean & jerk competition, tying her best of 53kg (116.6 pounds) at a body weight of 55.6kg (122 pounds). She finished with a personal-record total of 92kg and placed 16th overall in her division.

Maher, who will be a senior in the fall, competed in the 16-17 men’s 77kg “B” session. He went 3 for 3 in the snatch competition with a personal best of 85kg (187 pounds), and was 2 for 3 in the clean & jerk competition with a personal best of 101kg (222.2 pounds) at a body weight of 69.9kg (153.7 pounds). He finished with a personal record total of 186kg and placed 17th overall in his division.

Terrill, who will be a junior in the fall, competed in the 16-17 women’s 53kg “A” session. She went 2 for 3 in the snatch competition with a personal best of 43kg (94.6 pounds), and went 2 for 3 in the clean & jerk competition with a lift of 54kg (118.8 pounds), only 1kg under her lifetime best. She finished with a personal record total of 97kg and placed 11th overall in her division.

“To be able to perform like they did at their first youth national competition, coupled with traveling and dealing with long days is quite amazing,” said Cortese. “They are looking forward to Junior Nationals (19 and under competition) in February and will be looking to hit the necessary qualifying totals needed to reach that competition. We’re very proud of them and are thankful for their families’ support to help them reach all of their goals in this sport.”

To learn more about CTS and its sports performance and Olympic weightlifting programs for athletes, call 738-0190 or visit CTSgym.com.

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