USA Weightlifting Features Seven Records Set on...

Seven Records Set on Day 1 of USA Weightlifting National Championships

By Anna Resman | May 06, 2016, 11 p.m. (ET)

The 2016 USA Weightlifting National Championships are in full swing at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. Energy buzzed throughout the competition venue on Friday as athletes from across the nation stepped up to the platform.

Lifters are truly under the spotlight in this venue. With lights dimmed throughout the ballroom, the platform stands illuminated, front and center. Spectators look on from stadium seating and enjoy upbeat music between lifts.

360 lifters are participating in the National Championships, which run through Sunday morning. Athletes earned a spot by meeting qualifying totals set by USA Weightlifting.

Sessions occurred on Friday for the women’s 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, and 63kg categories and the men’s 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, and 85kg categories.

Hayley Reichardt (Leesport, Penn) had no issue testing her limits on the platform today. Competing in the 48kg category, she kicked off with a new youth American record in the snatch lift. She successfully made 70kg on her final attempt. Reichardt went on to set both youth and junior American records in the clean and jerk at 87kg. Her total of 157kg set a new youth American record in the category total.

Also at 48kg, Megan Seegert (Durham, Calif.) surpassed Reichardt in the snatch to set a new junior American record at 73kg. She also totaled at 157kg to set a new junior American record in the category total.

On the men’s side, Derrick Johnson (Burbank, Calif.) set an American record with a 124kg snatch on his second attempt. Competing at 62kg, he set the new bar at double his bodyweight.

Excitement levels will continue to rise as Sunday afternoon approaches, when 31 of America’s top lifters will compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Results from the Trials are incorporated into Nationals placement; therefore, the majority of National Champions will not be named until Sunday evening. Two champions, however, can celebrate early as there are no lifters in their category for Trials.

Darren Barnes (St. Charles, Mo.) won gold in the 56kg category with a 110kg snatch and 130kg clean and jerk. His total of 240kg was 25kg above second place.

In the 62kg category, the National title goes to Jacob Horst (Leesport, Penn.) He lifted 106kg in the snatch and 132kg in the clean and jerk to total at 238kg.

USA Weightlifting joined forces with the Utah Sports Commission to host this weekend’s events. Salt Lake City, rich in Olympic history, has given athletes, coaches, and fans a warm Team USA welcome. Event banners line the streets downtown, and local media outlets are building the anticipation for Sunday’s Trials.

"The National Championships and Olympic Trial events are a key part of our Olympic legacy strategy in Utah, and continue to show our commitment to hosting Olympic related events," said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.  "We value our ongoing partnership with USA Weightlifting, which has resulted in Utah playing host to four key weightlifting events over the past two years."   

Full results are posted on the USA Weightlifting website. A live webcast is available for both the National Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials. The Trials will be broadcast through the NBC Sports Extra mobile app.