2011 Pennsylvania Teenage Championships at Emmaus High School
On Saturday, your columnist was fortunate enough to be one of the judges for the Pennsylvania Teenage Championships at Emmaus High School.
My Victory Raw Powerlifting co-captain Dave Richardson & I joined 10 other judges from Twin City Powerlifting, which has been helping out at similar meets for a long time.
I would like to thank Don Kuhns and the rest of the gang from Twin City for providing this opportunity for Dave & I, as well as Joe Bottiglieri, the coach at Emmaus.
This meet is an annual event and I am hoping to become a regular part of the festivities in coming years. The kids and coaches were polite and respectful and we experienced no real problems or conflicts, despite some equipment issues that everyone had to work around.
I felt kind of old what with so many people calling me “sir” but I certainly could have been called worse things as a judge, right?
Glen Mills supplied much of the equipment that was used. This stuff takes a beating between usage & transportation so there are bound to be a couple of glitches here and there.
There were about 120 lifters and there were 4 platforms running at the same time. I attended a Quakertown High School meet that I reported about sometime back that had multiple platforms running. That was my first experience with such a scenario, and it was amazing to me at that time how smoothly and quickly things went considering all that was going at once.
Saturday’s meet ran pretty smoothly as well. Getting 120 lifters through a full power meet in about 5 hours is no small thing, and some of the professional organizations could learn something from the crews that run these bigger High School meets.
Fellow IPA lifter Rory King was pretty much the master of ceremonies on Saturday and he did a great job. I was very impressed with the quality of the lifting overall, with some big numbers being posted by these young power houses. I was judging the 181 & 198 classes, which was very competitive and fun to watch and judge.
The final deadlift in our group was an awesome 600 lbs, which is phenomenal for the weight class and for a teenager especially. There were big lifts in all the lifts.
There were 11 weight classes;
114,123,132,148,165, 181,198,220,242, 275 & super heavy.
There were only 2 attempts in the squat, which was the first lift of the event, with the standard 3 attempts in the remaining bench press and deadlift events.
They break down the competing schools into “small schools & big schools”
In the small schools category, there were Abington Heights, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton & Perkiomen represented, with Emmaus, Glen Mills & Souderton representing the big schools.
I will hopefully get the results from this meet soon and publish them in another column, but from all appearances it seemed that the Glen Mills team was once again dominant in the big schools category.
They took first place last year, beating Whitehall (second place), Emmaus (third place), Souderton (fourth) and Pleasant Valley in fifth place.
There is a meet at Parkland High next weekend, which I also hope to report on afterwards. I will be unable to be at that one has I have previously scheduled engagements.
Glen Mills will be hosting a meet at their school in April; on the 30th to be exact.
This one will be the PSCPA Pennsylvania State High School Championship.
The Glen Mills Schools are in Concordville, Pa 19331. It is possible that I will attend and/or be a
Judge at that meet, too.
This meet will have both raw & equipped divisions and will also be a full 3 lift meet.
Any Pennsylvania High school student may compete in this event.
Awards will be given for first through fifth place, just like the Emmaus meet on Saturday.
The deadline for entries to this event is April 20th, so please keep this in mind.