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2C Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Local power lifters excel at state championships Brad Loomis Special to Feather Publishing The World Association of Benchpressers and Dead Lifters held the California State Championships at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Con- vention center in Chico Sat- urday, March 20. Four Plumas County Power Lifters made the trip to com- pete in this event. Tom and Melissa Klundby train at High Sierra Kettle- bell Club based at their home in Portola. They com- peted together in the dead lift portion of the competi- tion and both did very well. In its rawest form, a power lifting competitor simply "picks up" the heaviest weight they possibly can in one motion from the floor to a straight and vertical lock- out. Tom and Melissa compet- ed "raw" at this meet, which means they only wore sin- glets. Most competitors in the WABDL wear special dead lift suits to help them lift heavier weight. Weighing in at 129 pounds, Melissa was successful at an attempt of 254 pounds on her first try, which was good enough for second in her class. Her husband, Tom, went three-for-three on his dead lift attempts. His opener of 565 pounds looked like a warm-up, as did his second attempt of 589 pounds. After a brief consultation with the rest of the team, Tom decided to go for a per- sonal record of 622 pounds. His pull took nearly three seconds to complete and all of the fans screamed encour- agement. Competing raw did not hinder Tom in the least. He accomplished the heaviest dead lift of the entire meet and, needless to say, won his class. i Nancy Fong of Clio also made the trip to Chico for her debut in power lifting. Nancy trains at Healthy Bodies Fitness in Portola and competed raw in both the bench press and dead lift competitions. In the bench press, the competitor lies on a bench with the barbell in their hands above them. The bar must descend, touch the chest and pause. Once the head judge gives the "press" command, the competitor must press the weight back up to the lock- out position and hold the weight there until the judge gives the "rack" command. Fong went four-for-four in her bench press attempts and set a WABDL California state record in the masters division, age 60-67. Her last attempt was good for 107.5 pounds. Later that day, Fong re- turned to compete in the dead lift competition. The rest between competitions served her well, as she once again went four-for-four and set another WABDL Califor- nia state record in her class. Personal record after per- sonal record fell, as Fong steadily climbed with each attempt. On her second at- tempt she pulled 181 pounds; then she accomplished 192 pounds on her third attempt. The California state record came on her last at- tempt, which was 10 ounces short of 200 pounds. Gary McFarland of Quincy also won big at the Califor- nia state championships. McFarland trains at Feather River Fitness and is part of the Woods Weightlifting Team in Sacramento, where he travels to train once a week. McFarland has participat- ed in many bench press com- petitions in California, Ore- gon and Nevada, including WANTED OLD COIN COLLECTIONS... Pre-1965 Silver Coins, Proof Sets, Old Currency, Pre-1936 Silver Dollars, 10k-24k Gold, All Gold Coins FREE APPRAISALS We come to you Over 20 years in coin business References available Call 530-589-3585 leave message or 530-370-0101 for appointment 1-800-482-8453 Gary McFarland, left, displays his first-place trophy and his Outstanding Bencher Award. Melissa Klundby, center, took second in dead lift. Tom Klundby, right, accomplished the heaviest dead lift of the entire meet. Photos submitted the WABDL world champi- onships in Reno, Nev. Last year, he placed fourth in his class at the world champi- onships with a bench press of 435 pounds. McFarland again compet- ed in the bench press compe- tition in the 242-pound weight class of the Law/Fire Division. McFarland's strength and technique con- tinues to improve, as he bench pressed 485 pounds at the California state champi- onships. Not only did he win his class, but he also captured the Outstanding Bencher Award by setting the highest bench press in all the Law/Fire divisions. Many tons were lifted at the WABDL California state championships without a single injury. Competitors' ages ranged from 14 to 74. Power lifting is a fun and safe sport under competent supervision and is really taking off in Plumas County. Check Out Our Nancy Fong of Clio warms up at the WABDL state champi- onships in Chico March 20. Fong set two state records in her class. Finally.. A new program makes computers affordable. Act now to claim your new portable computer loaded with programs used for email, intcrnet, web surfm$ t. Great thr students, grandparents, small business or anyone. 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