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Power to the Pioneers

Omak claims six state lifting titles

— WHITE SALMON- Six Omak High School powerlifters were crowned state champion in their respective classes Saturday.

And three of them — Shawnee Covington, Jacob Cutrell and Brandon Zaragoza — each captured their second straight state powerlifting title.

The Omak Extreme Powerlifting team finished with four of its eight girls as state champions and a second-place trophy.

The six boys finished fourth.

“It was an unbelievable team,” coach Jordan Lesamiz said.

Covington at 132 pounds finished with a three-lift total of 755 pounds, the second-highest total at state at any weight class.

She set a state bench press record for the 132-pound class with 205 pounds. She now holds state records two weight classes (148 pounds last year).

Covington received the “Best Bench Press” award based on weight lifted to body weight ratio, Lesamiz said.

“Thus, making her the strongest pound-for-pound bench presser in the state,” he said.

Kellie Foth (123 pounds), Diane Hilderbrand (148) and Lyric Stidman (unlimited) also brought home state titles for Omak.

“All three girls set personal records in all three lifts and were decisive winners,” Lesamiz said.

Other Omak players included 2, Shyanne Hoff (97); 3, Mercedes Gariano (148); 4, Ruby Orozco (105) and 5, Rachel Blakemore (123).

Cutrell took his title at 220 pounds, finishing with the highest three-lift total at the tournament at 1,540 pounds. He received the best squat award with a lift of 635 pounds.

“His lift of 635 pounds was one of the four best squats ever in the state of Washington,” Lesamiz said.

Zaragoza at 242 pounds finished with a three-lift total of 1,475 pounds, making him the second strongest athlete in the state.

Other boys included 2, Russell Daffern (181); 3, Yurian Gaytan (198); 4, Dallas Joe (114); and 5, Anthony Lewis (242).

“This year’s team was filled with ‘leaders’ and students that I was proud to have represent Omak,” Lesamiz said.

“We are losing some unbelievable seniors that have carried the team for two years. Fortunately, we have some great young talent that will hopefully fill the ‘large’ shoes left behind by our seniors.”

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