Weightlifting: Peterson, Holm top lifters
Broc Peterson and Maddie Holm were the top male and female lifters in the 29th annual Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon March 5-6 in the Brainerd High School weight room.
Peterson, a junior, had the top boys Most-Pounds-Per-Ounce rating at 5.69. He edged sophomore Javan Hemsworth, who finished with a rating of 5.67. The competition between Peterson and Hemsworth went down to the final lift of the two-day event.
Competing at 160 pounds, Peterson bench-pressed 235 pounds, power-cleaned 270 and had a parallel squat of 405.
Holm, also a junior, had the top girls Most-Pounds-Per-Ounce rating at 3.92. She bench-pressed 150 pounds, power-cleaned 165 and had a parallel squat of 265.
As MPPO champions, Peterson and Holm are recipients of Stephen G. Nunnink MPPO
scholarships, which are given to the top male and female MPPO performers each year. Nunnink was the founder of the MPPO concept in 1975 as coordinator of the Warrior Strength and Conditioning program.
Participants were divided into 11 fundraising teams, with each team captained by a Sertoma member as the fundraising coordinator. Teams raise money for local charities and those in need in the Brainerd Area, and also competed for T-shirts based upon MPPO performance guidelines, which measures a lifter's overall body strength in relation to body size.
MPPO is determined by adding a lifter's one-repetition maximum lift in the bench press, power clean and parallel squat. The three-lift total poundage is divided by the lifter's body weight to determine MPPO.
Of the 99 male participants, 28 met or exceeded the MPPO standard necessary to earn a T-shirt, which was 4.00 or greater for boys with a body weight under 250 pounds, and 3.50 or greater for boys with a body weight of 250 pounds or more.
Of the 53 female participants, 12 met or exceeded the MPPO standard necessary to earn a t-shirt, which was 2.75 or greater for girls with a body weight under 180 pounds, and 2.50 or greater for girls with a body weight of 180 pounds or more.
The Sertoma Sunrise Club will also select at-large scholarship recipients. To be eligible, applicants must be seniors and a minimum two-year Liftathon participant. Recipients will be announced in May.
The top three fundraising teams and their Sertoma captains will be announced at the end of March.
The event involved 152 Brainerd lifters in grades 8-12.Top Maximum lifts for boys:Bench press: Brett Hague (300), Power clean: Tommy Fickett (295), Parallel squat: Brett Hague (455), Total combined lifts: Brett Hague (1,030)