NU fund-raiser an uplifting experience |

NU fund-raiser an uplifting experience

Eileen JoyceChristian Carlson, a junior, lifts his personal best of 240 pounds Monday at Nevada Union High School.
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Two words to those who hoped to encourage next year’s crop of Miner football players to new heights.

It worked.

Monday night, approximately 75 football players for next year’s Nevada Union varsity and junior varsity football programs hit the weights hard as part of the annual Lift-a-thon fund-raiser for the football program at the Ali Gym on campus.

Juniors and sophomores, in essence next year’s varsity team, took turns lifting incremental amounts of weights using the Olympic clean style. Freshman, basically next year’s junior varsity team, spent their time during the Lift-a-thon doing bench presses.

Numerous personal bests were set as the football players lifted in front of an audience of approximately 100 people. Ron Speightes set a new program record, clean lifting 300 pounds.

Corey Holland, a sophomore who started on last fall’s junior varsity team, eclipsed his previous high of 250 pounds in the clean with a lift of 265 pounds Monday night.

“With everybody on the team watching you, and people in the stands watching you, there is a lot of adrenaline,” said Holland.

The progress the football players have shown since January is dramatic. According to varsity head coach Dave Humphers, only seven members of next year’s varsity football team were able to clean lift in excess of 200 pounds in January. Monday, Humphers estimated that more than 40 players cleaned more than 200 pounds.

The same eye-popping progress could be found in vertical leaps that were measured Monday night as well. According to Humphers, two players had vertical leaps of more than 30 inches at the beginning of 2002, but on Monday that number had grown to 16.

“This was a big test for the players tonight,” Humphers said. “I’m really excited at how much progress has been made by the players since January. Leaping more than 30 inches is an indicator of a true athlete. It has been exciting to see how much strength and explosiveness these athletes have.”

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