Petaluma Youth Weightlifters Win National Championship

The Myles Ahead Weightlifting Team from Petaluma CA secured the under 13 "Team"  National Weightlifting Championship and individual lifters Julia McKairnes and Chloe Takata each earned top honors as National Weightlifting Champions at USA Weightlifting's Youth National Championship. Julia McKarins was crowned national champion in the girls under 13 -  35 kilogram weight class with a lift total of 63 kilograms, including a 37 kilogram (81 lbs) clean and jerk and a 26 kilogram (59 lbs) snatch lift. She also was awarded "best lifter" award after successfully completing all six of her lifts attempts. Chloe Tacata also secured a national title in the girls 14-15, 44 kilogram weight class.  Chloe's lift total was 90  kilograms including a  51 kilogram (112  lbs) clean and jerk and a  39 kilogram (85lbs) Snatch lift. Chloe also was awarded the 6 for 6 "best lifter award" for her session.They are the second and third national champions from MylesAhead after Maya Umera won the under 13 national champion last year. 
The Myles Ahead team traveled on Thursday June 27th to St. Joseph Missouri to compete in The USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships. The event was held at Western Missouri State University's Griffin Sports Complex and summer home of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL football team. And after impressive performances from all members of their youth Olympic Weightlifting Team, the team placed first in the under 13 team competition. 

The competition is an elite event for the top youth athletes competing in Olympic style weightlifting. Over 350 youths ages 11 - 17 years qualified and competed in the event. Only small fraction of youth weight lifters make the qualifying totals for this prestigious event held each year. USA weightlifting uses this national event to help establish an elite athlete pool for international weightlifting events and future Olympic competitions.  Each athlete lift 6 lifts; 3 snatch lifts and 3 clean and jerk lifts using the same format used in the Olympics.

The Myles Ahead Team's Individual results as follows:

Julia McKairnes (Santa Rosa)- 1st place girls under 13, 35 kilogram weight class & 6 for 6 Best Lifter Award

Chloe Tacata (Santa Rosa)- 1st place girls under 14-15, 44 kilogram weight class & 6 for 6 Best Lifter Award

Mia Zecowy (Santa Rosa)- 2nd place girls under 13, 39 kilogram weight class

Mackenzie Barnes (Novato) - 2nd place girls under 13, 44 kilogram weight class

Athena Schrijver (Santa Rosa)- 2nd place girls under 13, 48 kilogram weight class

Rachel Nykamp (Rohnert Park)- 3rd place girls under 13, 39 kilogram weight class

Rico Medina (Rohnert Park)  - 5th place Boys  under 13, 50 kilogram weight class

Nathan Prokop (Petaluma) - 5th place Boys  under 13, 56 kilogram weight class

Azriel Medina  (Rohnert Park)- 4th place Boys  under 14, 50 kilogram weight class

The Myles Ahead team is coached by Freddie Myles, owner and head coach at Myles Ahead Weightlifting. Coach Sarah Flynn also assisted with the team. Myles Ahead Weightlifting was established in 2005 and offers comprehensive training programs for youth and adult athletes using Olympic style weight training. Coaches Freddie Myles, Nikki Myles and Sarah Flynn all have competed at the national level for many years and hold manny Pacific Weightlifting records.

Next month 5 adult lifters from Myles Ahead will compete in USA weightlifting Senior National Championships in Columbus Ohio. Released by : Jude Prokop captxpro@gmail.com, 707 953 6683 Myles Ahead Weightlifting, 424 Payran St. Petaluma CA -  707 283 1739 , freddie@mylesaheadfitess.com


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