The Burnsville Olympic Weightlifting Varsity team secured its fourth consecutive varsity state title on March 11 at Lakeville South High School. The junior varsity team (born 2001 or later) won its first state title.
Burnsville is the first team since 2004 to win both divisions in the same year.
Additionally, five Burnsville lifters won individual state championships. Individual state champions include Kady Krieger (varsity girls 48 kg weight class); Emily Kauffman (varsity girls 58 kg weight class); Miah Keller (varsity girls 63 kg weight class); Travis Agarano (varsity 62 kg weight class); and Jordan Tompkins (junior varsity boys 62 kg weight class).
In total, 35 Burnsville lifters qualified for the state meet and all of them finished in fifth place or higher.
In the varsity girls division, Angelica Cruz finished third in the 53 kg weight class; Megan Holz finished third in the 63 kg weight class; Emily Johnson finished second and Macie Benson finished third in the 90 kg weight class; and Raezjine Merriweather finished second in the 90+ weight class.
In the varsity boys division, Anthony Vang finished third in the 56 kg weight class; Blake Andert finished fourth in the 62 kg weight class; Noah Bachmeier finished second, Jared Shearer finished fourth and Ben Anderson finished fifth in the 69 kg weight class; Alex Garlington finished second in the 77 kg weight class; and Nick Burton finished second and Matt Gilray finished fourth in the 105+ weight class.
In the junior varsity girls division, Lauren Jensen finished fourth at the 53 kg weight class; Erin Bachmeier finished second, Kiah Christopherson finished third, Eleana Pearce finished fourth and Megan Tomas finished fifth in the 58 kg weight class; Natalie Thoresen finished third in the 69 kg weight class; Kayla Gant finished second in the 75 kg weight class; and Heather Nulf finished second in the 75+ kg weight class.
In the junior varsity boys division, Jonah Dawson finished third and Zachary LaMotte finished fourth in the 50 kg weight class; Jake Schouten finished fifth in the 56 kg weight class; Nick Gilman finished fourth in the 77 kg weight class; Isaac Pasko finished fifth in the 94 kg weight class; Kyle Atkinson finished second, Isaac Tester finished third and Chase Vongkham finished fourth in the 94+ kg weight class.
The Burnsville Olympic Weightlifting team is coached by Scott Sahli. Assistant coaches are Ryan Friesen, Tyler Krebs, Larry Meadors, Mick Scholl, Jordan Strand and Dirk Wells.