MARQUETTE - Kendra Miller of downstate Plainwell was named the outstanding female lifter and Chris Lenahen of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. was named the male outstanding male lifter at the United States Olympic Education Center's third-annual intrasquad Thunderdome Championship on Monday at the Superior Dome in Marquette.
Miller, who competed in the 58-kilogram weight class, successfully cleared all six of her lifts and improved her clean and jerk record by 10 kilograms since recently dropping a weight class. Miller's top lifts were 57 kg in the snatch and 85 kg in the clean and jerk for a 142-kg total.
"I'm happy with my results today," Miller said. "I'm in the hardest part of my training cycle right
now, so lifting clean and earning a new personal best in the clean and jerk was nice."
Lenahen lifted in the 105-kg weight class, missing only one of his six lifts. His best lift in the snatch was 120 kg and his top lift in the clean and jerk was 145 kg for a 265-kg total.
Lenahen said he was happy with his progression since having knee surgery seven months ago.
"I hit my goals for the night," said Lenahen. "I was happy with how I felt. I should be back on track for the university nationals in April."
With the completion of the meet, all USOEC weightlifters now have enough qualifying totals to enter the University Championships on April 4-7 in Johnson City, Tenn.
Nine other NMU students and USOEC athletes also competed. Lifting at 53 kg was Holly O'Dovero of Marquette with a 123-kg total. Ryan Borges of Bradenton, Fla. lifted a 219-kg total at 62 kg.
Lifting at 77 kg was Max Cretcher of Rochester Hills with a 237-kg total. At 85 kg was Chris Young of downstate Oakland with a 255-kg total and Kyle LaJoye of Marquette with a 205-kg total.
Brian Budd of Okemos lifted a 241-kg total and Levi Hoffman of Morenci lifted a 251-kg total at 94 kg.
Lifting at 105 kg were Brennen Jaquint of Evansville, Wis. with a 261-kg total and Andrew Wener of Munising with a 223-kg total.
Competing alongside the USOEC resident team members were athletes from the Northern Michigan University Weightlifting Club.
Club members Dinele Stewart and Jarynn Stewart of Marquette, Mich., both lifted qualifying totals
that will earn them entry into the National Youth Championships this June.
Jarynn Stewart, who lifted at 53 kg, had a best snatch of 36 kg and a 46-kg lift in the clean and jerk for an 82-kg total. Lifting at 58 kg, Dinele Stewarts' best snatch was 36 kg and her best clean and jerk was 50 kg for an 86-kg total.