Seegert, Delacruz, Babb Smash Records on Day 1 in Kansas City

By Anna Resman | Feb. 25, 2017, 10:19 a.m. (ET)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Crown Plaza Exhibit Hall was full of energy and focus yesterday as sessions began at the 2017 Nike National Junior Championships, presented by Rogue Fitness. With over 400 lifters competing in this year's event, three platforms are running continuously throughout the weekend.

Megan Seegert (Durham, Calif.) and Hayley Reichardt (Leesport, Pa.) led the field by over 20kg in the women's 48kg class. In their last matchup at American Open Championships in December, they both totaled at 162kg. Yesterday, it was Seegert that pulled ahead for gold, with a total of 164kg over Reichardt's 160kg. It came down to the snatch, where Seegert hit 73kg in a two-for-three performance. Seegert set a new junior American record in the total, breaking her previous record of 163kg that she set in New Orleans last fall. Veronica Restrepo (Conshohocken, Pa.) won bronze with a 140kg total. 

Jourdan Delacruz (Wylie, Texas) left everything on the platform in the women's 53kg class, breaking two junior American records in the process. In the snatch, she successfully made 77kg on her second lift and attempted, but did not complete, 80kg on her final. The current junior American record is 79kg, which was set by Delacruz last year. 

In the clean and jerk, Delacruz left no room for question, smashing her current record with a successful 98kg lift in her first attempt. She proceeded to break the record again with 101kg on her second attempt. Delacruz's total of 178kg also set a new record by 4kg. Presley Cruz (Tipp City, Ohio) and Kaylee Mata (Round Rock, Texas) finished second and third, respectively, both totaling at 143kg.

Competition was closer in the women's 58kg class, with Taylor Turner (Saint Augustine, Fla.)Kaija Bramwell (Queen Creek, Ariz.)and Lily Salisbury (Portland, Ore.) winning gold, silver, and bronze, respectively, in the total. Turner totaled at 178kg with a 80kg snatch and 98kg clean and jerk.

Maddy Myers (San Diego, Calif.) dominated the field in the women's 63kg. Myers attempted to break current junior American records, two of which she holds. While she didn't set any new records in Kansas City, she won gold by a resounding 31kg. Taylor Babb (Arlington, Tenn.) placed second at 175kg and Juliette Chang-Fane (Merritt Island, Fla.) followed in third at 171kg. Babb set a new 16 – 17 youth American record in the snatch with 80kg.

Two men's weight classes began their sessions on Friday – the 56kg and 62kg divisions. Antwan Kilbert (St. Louis, Mo.) won gold in 56kg with a total of 202kg. In a four-for-six performance, he hit 92kg on his final snatch attempt and 110kg on his final clean and jerk. Shane Burdsall (Clifton Heights, Pa.) won silver in a six-for-six performance, totaling at 197kg. Estevan Soto (Moorestown, N.J.) rounded out the podium in third place with a 186kg total.

In the men's 62kg class, Alec Cosentino (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) finished the day in first with a comfortable 12kg lead over Brett McCarroll (Saint Cloud, Fla.). Andrew Gray (Jacksonville, Fla.) was in third. Additional sessions for 62kg will take place tomorrow morning. 

The second day of competition is in full swing at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and all platforms are being webcasted live on the USA Weightlifting website. Follow USA Weightlifting on Twitter and Facebook for the on the ground action in Kansas City.

RESULTS

Friday, February 24

JUNIOR AMERICAN RECORDS

48kgMegan Seegert, 164kg total 

53kg: Jourdan Delacruz, 98kg clean and jerk 

53kgJourdan Delacruz, 101kg clean and jerk 

53kgJourdan Delacruz, 178kg total

16 – 17 YOUTH AMERICAN RECORD

63kgTaylor Babb, 80kg snatch