Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Road to Nationals went through Nebraska
The Woodward Academy Knights earned 7 first place finishes, 2 second place finishes, they won the team competition, and all 9 lifters qualified for the high school Nationals meet. In addition to that, Dedrrick Johnson (a 2012 individual National Champion) was awarded Best Teen Lifter. Needless to say, the often seen "first meet jitters" did not impact Knights.
Now that these nine lifters have qualified, they can focus on their technique and max weights over the course of the next two months in preparation for Denver. Regardless, they have qualified for the meet and are eligible to compete. But one thing that is known for certain at Nationals, is that lifting the minimum qualified weight is never enough. All the lifters can do that! That makes the next two months especially important.
This weekend, the Knights will travel to Peru State in Nebraska for another meet, their first back-to-back ever. In March, Woodward Academy will host their qualifying meet, which will lead up to Nationals.