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Leibfried wins Colfax’ first state and national powerlifting championships

In its brief history, the Colfax powerlifting team has enjoyed success but it had never won a state title of any kind.

That was until last month.

Mikaela Leibfried not only captured the program’s first-ever state individual championship at the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association’s (WHSPA) held March 10 and 11 at Mauston High School, but just two weeks later, the Vikings’ diminutive but mighty strong senior became  its first national titlist when she claimed victory at the USA Powerlifting High School Nationals held March 22-25 in Appleton.

“Colfax Powerlifting has its first state champion! Mikaela did a great job,” said head coach Matt DeMoe, who noted that Leibfried also finished in second place for the best lifter in the state meet.

“Quite an accomplishment and honor,” DeMoe concluded.

Liebfried won her state championship in the women’s equipped competition at 114 pounds. She also placed second in the WILKS Best Lifter total.

Equipped simply means the lifter  wears a squat suit, knee wraps and a deadlift suit versus raw competitor who dons just a singlet and belt (no suits).

In Appleton at the High School Nationals, Leibfried captured the gold medal in the females born in 1999 division and was crowned the best equipped female lifter in the WILKS total.

Those accomplishments drew attention and an invitation for Mikaela to compete on an international level.

Coach DeMoe stated that Leibfried has been invited by USA Powerlifting to the World Bench Press Competition in South Africa.

As a part of USA Powerlifting, Leibfried will be traveling to South Africa this Sunday to compete in the Sub Junior/Junior World Bench Press Competition. The meet will take place Thursday, April 26th.

“Mikaela will compete with females all across the World between the ages of 18-24 years old,” said DeMoe. “Being asked to be a part of Team USA Powerlifting is the greatest accomplishment a high school powerlifter can achieve.”

WHSPA State Meet

Leibfried was one of eight Colfax powerlifters to compete in Mauston at the WHSPA state tournament back on March 11 and 12.

Liebfried led the Vikings contingent taking home the program’s first-ever state championship in her weight class of 114 pounds. She lifted a total 786.5 pounds enroute to the title 

In the sport of powerlifting, tournament placement is determined by tallying the competitors top lifts in each of three categories – squats, bench press and deadlift. Three attempts are allowed in each of the categories.    

Liebfried squatted 324.5 pounds, bench pressed 165 pounds and deadlifted 297 pounds in the state competition. 

Colfax’ lone male competitor at state, senior Spencer Herrick, who himself is no stranger to big-time tournaments, finished third in the 275 pound plus division. 

Herrick successfully squatted 599.5 pounds, benched another 253 pounds and deadlifted 528 pound to finish with an impressive tally of 1,380.5 pounds.

Hailey Durand-Christianson, competing in the 198 pound plus division for the women, added a fourth-place finish to the team’s stellar overall performance. Durand-Christianson had a total weight of 792 pounds.

Makayla Mattson, who also competed in the ladies 198 pound plus division, finished with a total of 715 pounds to take sixth.

Rebecca Lee lifted a total of 610.5 pounds to take 14th place in the women’s 165-pound class. 

Allison Tuschl wounded up 15th after tallying 621.5 pounds in the 198 pound plus class.

Also competing in the 198 pound plus division, Sydney Herrick finished 19th with a total of 594 pounds. Alexis Snider took 20th after lifting 561 pounds in her 148-pound class.

The combined efforts of the Vikings lifters earned the boys and girls a third-place finish in the final team standings at the state tournament. 

High School Nationals

Leibfried continued her winning ways when the Colfax Powerlifting squad, which also included Spencer Herrick, Hailey Durand-Christianson, Makayla Mattson and Rebecca Lee, traveled to Appleton March 22-25 for the USA Powerlifting High School Nationals.

Leibfried improved on her state performance, lifting for a tally of 819.5 pounds to capture the national championship for women born in 1999 and win the best equipped female lifter title. She squatted 324.5 pounds, benched another 181.5 pounds and had a best of 313.5 pounds for her deadlift.

Spencer Herrick placed fourth in the men’s born in 2000 division in Appleton. Herrick had a pair of personal bests, lifting 623 pounds in the squat and 341 pounds in the bench press. He also deadlifted 539 pounds for a total weight of 1,501.5 pounds.

Colfax other three national competitors also enjoyed personal bests at the meet.

Rebecca Lee, competing in the  women’s born in 2000 division, placed 12th with a total weight of 627 pounds which included personal bests of 220 pounds in the squat and 303 pounds in the deadlift.

Hailey Durand-Christianson had a personal record of 340 pounds in the deadlift, helping her finish 8th in the women’s born in 1999 class with an overall weight total of 764.5 pounds.

Makayla Mattson, who also competed in the 1999 year class, finished just a spot behind Durand-Christianson in ninth place. Mattson had a PR of 176 pounds in the bench press and a overall lifted weight of 742.5 pounds.