May 13, 2019
We Are Proud of Moorhead High School weightlifting team members who qualified for the 2019 Minnesota High School State Weightlifting Championship on March 9. The Moorhead junior varsity team (based on age) placed second, and the varsity team placed first overall and to earn back-to-back state championships.
JV state qualifiers are Jasmine Hetle, Jessica Pham, Kenzie Dalrymple, Claire Atchison, Regan Erdmann, Xavier Thomas, Mahmoud Younis and Jack Newcomb.
Varsity state qualifiers are Carleigh Vedder, Sara (Fabi) Perez, Kierra Summers, Claire Howell, Terruth Massy, Olivia Carlson, Hailey Sonnenberg, Gabby Feil, Shane Spencer, Jacob Wesley, Ali Younis, Chrisanto D’Agostino, Tristan Duerr, Nolan Meier and Jameson Cozad.
In the girls junior varsity, Claire Atchison placed first in the 81 kg weight class and Jessica Pham took third. Regan Erdmann placed second in the 81+ kg weight class, and Jasmine Hetle took second in the 71 kg weight class.
For the boys junior varsity, Jack Newcomb placed first in the 96 kg weight class, and Xavier Thomas placed third in the 49 kg weight class.
In girls varsity, Hailey Sonnenberg set a state record for her clean and jerk lift in the 71 kg weight class and placed second overall. Carleigh Vedder placed second in the 49 kg weight class, Sarah Perez placed second in the 55 kg weight class, and Claire Howell placed third in the 59 kg weight class. In the 87 kg weight class, Shane Spencer placed third and Gabby Feil placed fourth.
For boys varsity, Chrisanto D’Agostino, who broke three state records this season, placed first in the 96 kg weight class. In the 102 kg weight class, Ali Younis placed second and Jacob Wesley placed third. Jameson Cozad placed first in the 109+ kg weight class to earn his second state championship, and he set two new state records.
Additionally, Cozad, D’Agostino and Sonnenberg were the first varsity weightlifters to compete at the national level. Their efforts helped the Minnesota team earn national runner-up for both the men’s and women’s divisions.
Weightlifting coaches are Cory Herrmann, Allie Bondy John Lubitz, Drew Lingle and Dylan Surface.