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Weightlifting: Hickman, Peterson pace Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon - again

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Ellen Hickman, shown here doing the squat, places first in most pounds per ounce for females during this year’s Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon at the Brainerd high school. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video2 / 3
McCale Peterson, shown her doing the clean, places first in most pounds per ounce for males during year’s Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon at the Brainerd high school. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video3 / 3

Ellen Hickman won her third straight girls title and McCale Peterson repeated as the top male lifter during the 28th annual Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon March 6-7 in the Brainerd High School weight room.

Hickman attained the top female MPPO (Most Pounds Per Ounce) rating at 4.57, breaking the previous all-time record MPPO of 4.44 that she set in last year's event.

Competing at 118 pounds, Hickman bench-pressed 130 pounds, power-cleaned 160 and had a parallel squat of 250.

Peterson recorded the top boys MPPO rating at 6.24, which breaks the previous all-time MPPO record of 6.11 set by Adam Kleist in 2016.

Competing at 170 pounds, Peterson bench-pressed 305 pounds, power-cleaned 310 and had a parallel squat of 445.

As MPPO champions, Peterson and Hickman are recipients of Stephen G. Nunnink MPPO Scholarships awarded to the top male and female MPPO performers each year. Nunnink founded 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 fundraising coordinator. Teams raised money for local charities and programs for those in need in the Brainerd area, and also competed for T-shirts based upon MPPO performance guidelines, which measures a lifters' overall body strength in relation to body size.

MPPO is determined by adding a lifter's one-repetition maximum lifts in the bench press, power clean and parallel squat. The three-lift total is divided by the lifters' body weight to determine MPPO.

Of the 100 male participants, 46 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 or more.

Of the 20 female participants, 11 met or exceeded the 2.75 standard necessary to earn a T-shirt.

The Sertoma Sunrise Club will also select at-large scholarship recipients. To be eligible, applicants must be a senior and 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 120 Brainerd senior and junior high lifters in grades 8-12.

Top maximum lifts for boys:

  • Bench press: Isaak Hines (350)
  • Power clean: Taylor Ludwig (325)
  • Parallel squat: Isaak Hines (475)
  • Total combined lifts: Isaak Hines (1,085)

Top maximum lifts for girls:

  • Bench press: Lily Charlier (245)
  • Power clean: Lili Charlier (180)
  • Parallel squat: Lili Charlier (375)
  • Total combined lifts: Lili Charlier (800)

Additional boys' MPPO winners and order of finish:

Tanner Stenglein 5.81, Javan Hemsworth 5.48, Taylor Ludwig 5.40, Mike Bostrom 5.39, Nate King 5.37, Dalton Hamre 5.21, Elliot Nordin 5.09, Patrick Gervenak 5.08, Josh Hukriede 5.03, Jake Hodge 5.02, Brett Besenfelder 4.87, Harry Carlson 4.82, Tate Magnan 4.77, Camden Cooper 4.71, Jeffrey Azune 4.70, Tayden Holden 4.70, Brady Streiff 4.70, Max Boran 4.65, Brett Hague 4.65, Aden Crabb 4.56, Broc Peterson 4.50, Isaiah Windorski 4.49, Garret Gardiepy 4.45, Chris Boucher 4.45, Max Darkow 4.45, Jacob Drietz 4.43, Nicholas Smith 4.40, Noah Rushmeyer 4.38, Ryan Peterson 4.34, Joe Stolski 4.30, Morgan Gibson 4.29, Jacob Holm 4.29, Nathan Yezek 4.27, David Olson 4.20, Forrest Gibson 4.20, D'khori Sturkey 4.20, Andrew Thielke 4.20, Levi McDonald 4.19, Keenan Hodge 4.13, Davon Stuckey 4.10, Max Zimmerman 4.01, Jeff Spieker 4.00, Jason Lyons 4.00, Donald Neadeau 4.00, Isaak Hines 3.97 (250+ body weight).

Additional girls' MPPO winners and order of finish:

Maddie Holm 3.54, Emma Korhonen 3.46, Sara Schiller 3.38, Gina Wasniewski 3.30, Erin Hoelzel 3.28, Cami Harmer 3.03, Kealy Johnson 2.88, Amanda Cook 2.85, Jadin Schiller 2.79, Lili Charlier 2.76.

Boys lifters with top 10 all-time performances:

  • Bench press: Isaak Hines, 2nd place all classes (350).
  • Power clean: Taylor Ludwig, 6th place all classes (325); Mccale Peterson, 10th place all classes (310).

Total combined lifts:

  • Isaak Hines, 7th place all classes (1,085); Taylor Ludwig, 9th place all classes (1,075).

MPPO:

McCale Peterson, 1st place, 12th grade, and all-time record all classes (6.24); Tanner Stenglein, 8th place, 12th grade (5.81); Dalton Hamre, 8th place, 10th grade (5.21); Javan Hemsworth, 1st place, 9th grade (5.48); Harry Carlson, 6th place, 9th grade (4.82); Noah Rushmeyer, 3rd place, 8th grade (4.38); Jacob Holm, 4th place, 8th grade 4.29.

Girls lifters with top 10 all-time performances:

  • Bench press: Lili Charlier, 1st place all classes/ties her own all-time record set in 2017 (245).
  • Parallel squat: Lili Charlier, 1st place all classes/breaks her own all-time record of 350 set in 2017 (375).
  • Total combined lifts: Lili Charlier, 1st place all classes/breaks her own all-time record of 785 set in 2017 (800).

MPPO:

Ellen Hickman, 1st place, 12th grade, and breaks her own all-time record all classes of 4.44 set in 2017 (4.57); Maddie Holm, 7th place, 10th grade (3.54); Emma Korhonen, 8th place, 10th grade (3.46); Sara Schiller, 2nd place, 9th grade (3.38); Erin Hoelzel, 3rd place, 9th grade (3.28); Emma Tautges, 6th place, 8th grade (2.41).

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