The Osceola Chieftain powerlifters are back at it. OHS sent a pair of lifters to the National meet held May 27 through May 30 in Aurora, Colo. Jacob Regan competed for the OHS boys’ team and Nevaeh Noonan for the girls. Both lifters turned in excellent results.
Regan competed in the 265 pound and over weight class at the varsity level. He was able to dominate his division ending up 149 pounds ahead of the second place lifter Ryker Sharp, to bring home a National title. He hit on all three of his squats topping out at 235 kilograms (518 pounds). He also was successful in his first two bench presses but was unable to secure the third weight in the event. He finished the bench with 132.5 kilos (292 pounds). He had the same results in the deadlift converting his first two attempts but was unable to finish the third. His best deadlift of the day was 282.5 kilos (623 pounds). Regan totaled 650 kilos (1,433 pounds) for his top successful lifts over the three events.
“Jacob lifted very well,” Osceola Powerlifting Coach Jeff Hahn said. “Jacob started the meet very strong going 3-for-3 in the squat. He continued into the bench going 2-for-3. In the deadlift, he locked up first place with his opener. After that he was able to just have fun. A national championship as a junior in a year where Jacob had to overcome multiple distractions and hurdles is very impressive. I think he is pretty motivated to defend his title next year.”
Noonan, a sophomore, competed at the junior varsity level and also put up astounding numbers. She set American records in both the deadlift the bench and total weight for her age group and weight class.
“Her JV total as a sophomore would have placed her in fourth with the varsity according to the results,” Hahn said.
Noonan was impressive in the opening event and came very close to an American record in the squat as well.
“Nevaeh opened at 120 kg (265 pounds) and missed it because she did not wait for the start command,” Hahn said. “Her second squat was 120 and it was super smooth and super easy.”
She went for the American record on her final attempt but was unable to complete it successfully.
Noonan ended her day with a best lift in the squat of 120 kilos (265 pounds), bench 65 kilos (143 pounds) and deadlift 177.5 kilos (391 pounds) for a total of 362.5 kilos (799 pounds).
Coming off of a couple of years that were very difficult due to Covid restrictions it was good to be back in the swing of things. Osceola is a regular at the National powerlifting meet and Hahn was happy to be back.
“Both these athletes had to train during April and May on their own,” he said. “They put the work in and it paid off. Both lifters represented Osceola very well. I was very proud of both of them.”