By Cara L. Dempski
ORLANDO — Viking powerlifter Spencer Herrick must really love the sport.
How else could you explain not having surgery to fix wearing between the sockets and ball of both hip joints until after competing in the 2017 International Powerlifting Federation World Juniors and Sub-juniors Men’s Championship in Orlando?
Colfax powerlifting and head football coach Matt DeMoe said the issue is one that Herrick first noticed during the 2016 football season.
[emember_protected] “He had issues in football, and had hip impingement,” DeMoe explained. “He needed to have surgery for that to improve.”
Regardless of whether he purposely postponed the surgery until after the world championship or not, Herrick made a good showing during his September 2 competition to finish third in his weight class and help the United States team cop the Men’s Sub-junior World Championship.
That’s not bad for a lifter who was asked to round out the team after a few lifters ahead of him were unable to travel to Orlando to compete.
Herrick competed at the 120-plus kilogram (265-plus pounds) weight level. His best squat weight was 217.5 Kg (479.5 pounds), his best bench attempt was 137.5 Kg (303.1 pounds), and he deadlifted 262.5 Kg (600.8 pounds. All told, the Viking senior lifted 617.5 Kg (1361.35 pounds) to earn third place in his weight class.
His teammate, Jadarrius Hodges of Lake Cormorant High School in Mississippi copped the silver medal in the heavyweight class, while Russia’s Nikita Leskovets took the championship with a total weight lifted of 830 Kg (1829.8 pounds).
The United States’ team earned 54 points to best Russia for the overall team championship. [/emember_protected]