HONOLULU - Maui lifters competed in Sonny's tenth annual WABDL Bench and Deadlift Contest at the Neal Blaisdell Arena on July 13.
Five-time 97-pound world champion and world record holder Liz Cabe entered the 105-pound weight class for the first time. She deadlifted 336 pounds to set a new Master Women Division, 40-46 age class world record, winning the Master and Open Divisions. She just missed the Open Division world record with a 345-pound attempt.
Siu Whitehead, competing in the 123-pound weight class, set a new Master Women Division, 47-54 age class world record. She deadlifted 305 pounds and took first place in the Master and Open Divisions. Brooke Whitehead, deadlifting in the Teenage Women, 12-13 age class, set a new state record with a deadlift of 231 pounds, taking first place.
From left, Dexter Gumboc, Alex Ramirez, Gabe Balboa, Justin Phillips, Liz Cabe and Siu Whitehead competed in the Honolulu event.
Sonia Peters, in her first contest, competed in the Master Women Division, 148-pound weight class, 47-54 age class. She took first place with a bench press of 85 pounds and deadlift of 215 pounds.
Justin Phillips, a first-time competitor, lifted in the Submaster Division, 259-pound weight class, 33-39 age class. He set a new state record and took first place with a 575-pound deadlift.
Gabe Balboa, competing in the Junior Men Division, 259-pound weight class pulled a huge 655-pound deadlift. He took first place and set a new state record. A 700-pound deadlift is just around the corner for him.
Josiah Moye, another first-timer, lifted in the Junior Men Division, 220-pound weight class. Moye took second place in the bench press with a 314-pound lift and first in the deadlift with a 535-pound pull.
First-time lifter Dexter Gumboc took second place in the Junior Men Division, 198-pound weight class with a deadlift of 527 pounds.
Alex Ramirez, lifting in the Junior Men Division, 165-pound weight class took second with a 490-pound deadlift.
The West Maui Powerlifters train at Valley Isle Fitness in the Fairway Shops and are coached by Craig Desoto.