CHFP Athletes Set American Records at American Open Finals

December 18, 2019

Pictured (l-r) Elise, Caron, Avery Owens, Steve Yanda, Ambrea Watts, Onzy Elam and Head Coach Cara heads Slaughter


The CHFP Weightlifting Team brought the 2019 competition year to a close with record-setting performances at the American Open Finals. The 2019 AO Finals event was held on December 6-8 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. We traveled with 5 athletes including Youth and Masters, all who qualified by hitting the AOF total and without the AO Series exemption. 


First up to compete on Saturday was Steve Yanda. Steve [73 kg] matched his personal best in the snatch with a best lift of 105 kg and finished with a best clean and jerk of 134 kg for a 239 kg total.Steve's scoreboard: x102-102-105/134-x137-x137/239


Elise Caron [64 kg] enjoyed a solid 5/6 performance combining a best snatch of 77 kg with a best lift of 96 kg in the clean and jerk to finish with a 173 kg total.

Elise's scoreboard: 74-x77-77/91-94-96/173


Onzy Elam II competed in the prime time evening session on Saturday night. Onzy [89 kg] got it going early with two really good‐looking snatches at 134 kg and matching his personal best at 137 kg. Unfortunately, Onzy [89 kg] couldn't get a clean and jerk on the board missing hard-fought attempts at 160 kg and 165 kg. Onzy's scoreboard: x134-134-137/x160-x165-x165/0


Owens with 116 kg Youth American record in the  clean and jerk. 


On the final day of competition, Youth-age athlete Avery Owens and Masters-age athlete Ambrea Watts delivered stunning, record-setting performances. Avery [81 kg] went a perfect 6 for 6 in her final competition as a youth-age lifter, Avery [81 kg] lifted 2 PRs in the snatch with a best lift of 89 kg. In the clean and jerk, she produced two more personal bests including a Youth American record at 116 kg. Avery's 205 kg total exceeded the Youth American record standard in the 16-17, 81 kg class by 3 kg! Avery's outstanding performance earned her a spot on the Team USA squad that will compete at the 2020 Junior World Championships in Bucharest, Romania.

Avery's scoreboard: 84-87*‐89*/110-113*-116*/205*


Watts on her way to a 110 kg Masters American record in the clean and jerk.


Later in the day, Ambrea Watts followed with a similarly spectacular, record-breaking, 6 for 6 performance. In the snatch, Ambrea [+87 kg] finished with a personal best at 81 kg. In the clean and jerk, Ambrea broke the Masters American record twice- 106 kg on her 2nd attempt, and 110 kg on her 3rd. Ambrea's 191 kg total exceeded the Masters American record total by 5 kg!
Ambrea's scoreboard: 75-78-81*/102-106-110/191*


 Team highlights at the 2019 American Open Finals. 





Please reload

Featured Posts

Owens, Andrews selected to Junior, Youth Team USA Squads

July 17, 2020

Please reload

Recent Posts
Please reload

Please reload