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Conway Springs High School lifters hold their own at powerlifting meet

posted Mar 30, 2016, 10:08 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 10:02 AM by Tamara Salisbury ]

     The Conway Springs High School powerlifters are getting ready for state after winning top positions in all three divisions. More than 40 Conway students participated at the invitational meet. Photo by Annie Robinson

The Conway Springs invitational powerlifting meet was held on March 12. CSHS proved it in the end with top positions in all three divisions. The women’s division got first, junior men got second, and the men’s division got third.

“I think everyone competed well,” powerlifting coach Matt Biehler said. “We did well with top positions in all three divisions.”

Many records were broken at this meet. Nine records were broken in the women’s division, five by CSHS girls. Five records were broken in the junior men’s division and  records were broken in the men’s division, with one being broken by a Conway boy.

“I was proud of myself at the end,” junior Kadee Hilger said. “I did the best I could and gave it all I could.”

Junior Mary Berntsen was one of the top in the women’s power weight class, receiving fifth place overall.

“I got cocky at the invitational,” Berntsen said. “I still did okay, but I ended up not doing as well as I had hoped.”

Another lifter that got a top score was sophomore Colt Shobe, receiving first overall in the men’s 132 weight class.

“I did all right, except for my clean,” Shobe said. “I’m as ready for state as I’ll ever be.”

The state powerlifting meet will be April 2 at Conway Springs High School. Anyone is eligible to enter.

“I’m excited for state so I can make up for what happened at the invitational meet and hopefully get in the top eight,” Berntsen said.