Fick breaks 2nd state recordPublished 10:45am Tuesday, December 4, 2012
On Dec. 1, Hunter Fick competed in Sioux Falls, S.D., in the USAPL Sioux Empire Bench Open. The event was held in the McCrossan Boys Ranch Gymnasium and was sanctioned by the United States of America Powerlifting Association.
The event featured 29 competitive lifters with each athlete attempting three lifts in the bench press. Hunter competed in the Teen ll amateur division of this organization which includes 16 to 17-year-olds who are tested for substances. This is a natural competition.
All gear the athlete wears must be checked in during the weigh-in process and each lift is judged by three officials.
Hunters first attempt was 335 pounds. After the start, press and rack command Hunter claimed his second Minnesota title in a month. The second attempt was at 355 pounds. Hunter cleared the lift for a new American title but the lift was disregarded for a voice command infraction. The third attempt of the day scratched. Hunter’s new record exceeded the old MN record by 48 pounds. Hunter placed first overall for the Teen Divisions and second in power points for the overall behind South Dakota lifter Casey Raaen. The meet was directed by Jona Leo and head official was South Dakota USAPL chairwoman Becky Jacobsen.
In attendance was Cole Fronning, great-aunt Carrie Fisher and father Kevin Fick.
Hunter’s next competition is Jan. 13 in Burnsville. The event is called the UPA Southside Winter Heat sanctioned by the UPA (United Power lifter Assocation).