Six powerlifters – two in the women's division and four in the men's class – excelled at the recent 22nd Annual CRAIN Open Powerlifting Championships at Crain's Muscle World in Shawnee.
Kimberly Thompson, competing in the 123-pound division, and Tanya Childress, at 132 pounds, each set various state records in Masters Powerlifting (40-and-over). Both were competing for the first time.
Thompson established records in the squat (125 pounds), bench press (75) and deadlift (160) for a state record total of 360 pounds and first-place honors.
Childress, who picked up the Best Lifter Award in Masters Women's Powerlifting, set records in squat (120 pounds), bench press (60) and deadlift (210) for a total of 390 pounds and first-place accolades.
In the men's division and junior powerlifting (ages 13-23), Tristan Lee took first place in the 114-pound class, including a squat of 150 pounds, bench press of 65 and deadlift of 200 for a total of 415 pounds. That was also Lee's first contest.
Guadalupe DeLeon III, who got the Best Lifter Award in Junior Men's Powerlifting, took first place in the 181-pound class as he had a squat of 500, bench press of 315 and deadlift of 545 for a total of 1,360 pounds.
In the Master Powerlifting Men's Division (40-over) and 181-pound division, Brian Lee registered a squat of 360 pounds and deadlift of 316 for a total of 705. It was also Lee's first contest.
Steve Gruette, competing in the Submaster Bench Press (ages 35-39) and the 275-pound class, took first place with a 450-pound state record. That was also good enough for Gruette to being named Best Lifter in the Submaster Bench Press.