(Emily Ferguson/ The Signpost) After much effort and preparation, Weber State University hosted the 2015 USA Weightlifting College Nationals this weekend, gathering together the nations strongest athletes in one spot. Utah has been one of the fastest growing states for weightlifting that weve seen , said Director of Events and Programs Phil Andrews. We came to Weber State a couple of years ago, and weve really seen this program blossom under (WSU Weightlifting Club President Matthew Barker), and we wanted to come and help them build that foundation here. During the competition, Barker said he was pleased with how the club members were performing. We literally had everyone break their personal best record, Barker said.Our team has done exactly what weve needed to in order to put ourselves in a good spot to win a team award. Sean Wood broke his personal record with 125 kilos inthe clean and jerk lift, while Raja Vajupeyayajula put up a personal best snatch score of 100 kilos. With more than 200 universities coming to compete for the title of strongest college in America, many of thenations finest traveled to Ogden to compete, including former and potential future Olympians. America, in theory, will have between twoand eightslots for the Olympics this year, Andrews said. Of everyone here, only a fraction will be able to attend. This event is a step on that journey, however, and you are likely to see this weekend a number of those people who will eventualy head to (the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro)and some who have already gone to the Olympic games. One individual who will be gearing up for the Olympic training camp is Roxy Rodriguez from Alabama State University. Im really excited to be in Utah for this competition, she said. Im an adrenaline junky, so this is totally my thing. Rodriguez started competitive weightlifting when her CrossFit coach noted that she had talent in upper body strength.
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