ALEXANDRIA — New Orleans area athletes won three more championships Saturday at the USA Powerlifting High School national championships.
Holy Cross' Alexander Davis, Covington's Alyzza Stann and Lutcher's Shay Naquin all claimed titles in their respective weight divisions at the Riverfront Center.
In the boys 182-pound division it was a 1-2 sweep for area athletes as Davis won with a total lift of 1,444 pounds. Weights of the bench press, deadlift and squat are totaled for the total lift weight.
“It feels pretty great,” Davis said. “To realize you just won a national title competing against people from across the country is a pretty cool honor. I want to thank my coaches and the rest of my team for helping me accomplish this feat. I couldn’t have done it without them. I couldn’t do anything without Holy Cross.
“Honestly it really hasn’t hit me. I think it may hit me when I get back home and start to understand how big of a deal this is.”
Shane Travis of Fontainebleau was the national runner-up, finishing with a total lift of 1,372 pounds.
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There was plenty of fireworks to end the first session of the day as Stann edged Machaela Exner of Necedah High School in Wisconsin on the final deadlift of the meet. Stann lifted 402 pounds on her final attempt while Exner was unsuccessful, clinching the national championship for the Covington junior.
“I was so hyped (on that last lift) I couldn’t even keep myself together,” Stann said. “It was one heck of a battle (against Exner). On that final lift I was nervous, but I knew I cleared that weight before. I was fighting for it.
“It makes it even sweeter for me personally because I was the national runner-up last year. I gave it my all. I really wanted this and I’m happy I was able to come out on top.”
Naquin finished out the trio of national titles by winning the girls 158-pound division with a total of 992 pounds.
In the 163-pound boys division, Phillip Nicaud of St. Paul’s finished second with a total lift of 1,394 pounds. Lakeshore's Terry Ferrier took home the 205-pound raw runner-up spot with 1,317 total pounds lifted. "Raw” lifting is lifting with no supportive gear.
The championships conclude at 8 a.m. Sunday as two female individual weight class titles will be decided and four male champions will be crowned. At the conclusion of the competition, male and female team championships will be awarded as well as the combined team crown.