PERFORMANCE INITIATIVE LIFTERS, 1ST PLACE IN 62KG MEN’S DIVISION AND SET MANY PERSONAL RECORDS AT THE 2018 NATIONAL JUNIOR WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE COASTAL EMPIRE WEIGHTLIFTING CLUB MEMBER CARLOS MILLEN LIFTS HIS WAY INTO 1ST PLACE IN THE 62KG DIVISION AS THE ENTIRE TEAM SAW PERSONAL BESTS.
Spokane, WA, February 15-18, 2018 — Carlos Millen’s increased his personal overall record by 11KG with a combined lifting total of 234 kg including a more than double his bodyweight Clean and Jerk of 130 kg (286.6 pounds) and a snatch of 104 kg. Millen’s performance earned him 1st place the Junior Men’s 62 kg division.
“It was exciting to be in Washington State lifting with the best in the United States. I felt proud to be able to represent Performance Initiatives (PI) and being able to perform at my best reinforces I’m at the right place learning the right things, at PI. The dedication and encouragement of my coach and team members creates an environment I can thrive in, “ a thankful, Carlos Millen stated.
Twelve year old, Kaiya Bryant, the youngest member of Coastal Empire Weightlifting Club (CEW) set personal bests only 2 short months after setting three youth USAW records at the 2017 American Open, with a snatch of 56 kg, clean and jerk of 72 kg for a total of 128 kg. Brother, Kye Bryant placed 5th overall in his division with a 70 kg Snatch, 88 kg Clean and Jerk, totaling 156 kg overall.
Nia Walker, 15 years old, competed in the 90kg division snatching 82 kg, clean and jerking 100kg for a total of 182 kg for 4th overall at the competition. Nia is a 9th grade student at Sol C Johnson High School.
Tayon Vereen, a Junior at Sol C Johnson High School, 17 years old, lifting in the 105kg division with a 125 kg snatch, 165 kg clean and jerk for a 280 kg total! Tayon improved his total by 13kg since the 2017 American Open competition in December.
“The Junior Nationals is an opportunity for our youth to compete in their weight class against a wide range of ages including college aged youth up to 20 years of age. Our team ranging from 12 to 17 years of age competed against much more experienced lifters, but held their own with overalls standings in 1st place, two 4th places, 5th place and sixth place. Our youth’s dedication and results both on the platform and off prove the merits of our programs at Performance Initiatives,” said Kerri Goodrich, Executive Director of Performance Initiatives, Inc.
NOTE TO EDITORS
Performance Initiatives (PI), Inc, strengthens hearts, minds and bodies of over 140 children annually through it’s after school programs and partners with Second Harvest providing dinner at the Kid’s Cafe. PI is home to Coastal Empire Weightlifting Club (CEWC) and Savannah CrossFit and provides classes for both adults and children. CEWC is a United States Amateur Weightlifting (USAW) 2018 Athlete Training Center.