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Powerlifting is beginning to gain a foothold as a competitive sport at New Richmond High School.

New Richmond had three girls qualify for the Wisconsin High School State Powerlifting Championships conducted over the weekend in South Milwaukee.

Brenda Croes, Tasia Kelley and Elise Ulrich qualified for state by reaching the state qualifying standards in their weight class at the Regional Last Chance Powerlifting Meet in Whitehall on Feb. 23. Also competing in that meet from NRHS were Nathan Jansen, Tiffanny Schaffer, Alycia Anderson, AJ Hynek, Mike Ersland and Larry Jaeger.

The group was accompanied to the meets by NRHS physical education teacher Renee Kaczmarski. The interest in powerlifting came out of a phy ed class last year. This year interest in competitive powerlifting began to take off. Kelley and Ulrich won their weight divisions and Croes took third when the trio qualified for state at the regional meet. Jansen just missed qualifying for state, placing fifth in his weight class.

Powerlifters compete in three lifts: the bench press, squat and dead lift.

Ulrich placed fourth in her weight class at state, with combined lifts of 840 pounds. Croes, competing in the same weight class, took seventh place with combined lifts of 690 pounds.

Kelley, competing in the 142-pound weight class, finished 13th among 19 lifters in the class. Her lifts totaled 615 pounds.

Kaczmarski said NRHS students have been involved in lifting through the Bigger Faster Stronger program. The technique for lifting in powerlifting competitions is slightly different than the BFS techniques. Kaczmarski has solicited the help of accomplished local lifters Shawn Cain and Layne Kelley to help out.