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Subeck becomes MHS' first state powerlifting champion

Abby Sudbeck became Mitchell High School’s first-ever state powerlifting champion over the weekend.

Sudbeck, a junior, won the Ladies Nike Division and was one of seven Mitchell competitors in the South Dakota State High School Powerlifting Meet Saturday in Madison.

Sudbeck squatted 240 pounds, benched 130 pounds and deadlifted 335 pounds for a total of 750 pounds.

“She competed great,” said Mitchell powerlifting coach Arend Kuyper, whose team recorded 12 points. “She had to get a personal best to win and that’s what she did. I thought all the kids, whether they placed high or low, competed at a high level. It was a good state meet.”

Kuyper was also award coach of the year, which is voted on by coaches from all competing schools. He was honored by the award, saying “it’s an award for the kids because they are the ones working hard and doing a good job. It’s very rewarding.”

Junior Mitch Johnson came close to winning his division (181-pound weight class). He recorded a 375-pound squat, 250-pound bench and a 490-pound deadlift for a total of 1,115.

Andrew Getty, a senior, was sixth in the men’s 220-pound weight class, totaling 1,120 pounds. In the same division, freshman Spencer Mohr was 16th after lifting a total of 880 pounds.

In the men’s heavyweight class, junior Riley Heck lifted 1,015 total pounds for 12th place. In the 165-pound weight class, sophomore Austin Getty was 12th after lifting 940 total pounds and sophomore Kane Blindauer finished 26th with a total of 755 pounds.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.