Range Robinson won his third consecutive national weightlifting championship in Detroit, Michigan, and two other local lifters won bronze medals in the competition.
On June 26-30, nine Coffee County student-athletes traveled to Detroit to compete in the USA Weightlifting National Championships. This competition is the culminating event for lifters of all ages. In order to qualify for the event, lifters must make a qualifying total in their respective age group and weight class in a sanctioned USA Weightlifting meet. The competition consists of the snatch and the clean and jerk. Lifters are given three attempts in the snatch and three attempts in the clean and jerk. The weights for the best snatch and clean and jerk are then added together to make the lifter's total.
The Coffee Weightlifting Team earned a total of 7 medals: Noah Booth earned a bronze medal in the snatch, clean and jerk, and total in the 44kg, 11 and under division. Micale Smith earned a bronze medal in the clean and jerk in the 73kg, 14-15 division. Range Robinson won a gold medal in the snatch, clean and jerk, and total in the 67kg, 14-15 division. This was Range’s third consecutive national title.
The following athletes represented Coffee County: 13 and under division: Noah Booth, Will Walker, and Conner Mercer. 14-15 division: Chloe Merritt, Range Robinson, and Micale Smith. 16-17 division: Dalana Smith and Thomas Webb. Junior division (19-21): Rhett Robinson.
Coach Mike Booth would like to thank all of the sponsors for helping make this trip possible. If you have any questions about the Coffee Weightlifting Team or Olympic weightlifting, please feel free to contact Coach Booth at 229-325-5037.
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