Maui lifters set records at contest
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.
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.