By Jessie Box
Greene Publishing Inc.
The Madison County High School weightlifting team is gearing up to try to make it to the State Championships this year. The Sub-sectional will be Thursday, March 27 to decide who will make it to the Sectionals April 9. According to Ben White, MCHS Weightlifting coach, there are several young men on the team who have a chance to go to state this year.
Zack Sprenkle, 16, is a junior at MCHS. This is his third year lifting. He is in the Unlimited Weight Class and is the team captain. He qualified for the state championship last year but did not make it.
Sprenkle has placed first in every meet this year including the Indian Invitational at Fort White High School, which is a meet of the top 18 weightlifting teams in the state. His highest total of the year is 725 pounds with a bench press of 410 pounds and a clean jerk of 315 pounds.
“His work ethic is second to none and is an outstanding student in the classroom as well as outside the classroom,” said Ben White, MCHS Weightlifting Coach.
“It would give me a kind of sense that all this work I have been doing for three years is finally paying off,” said Sprenkle about the possibility of making it to the state weightlifting championship.
Tinarus “Tank” Irvine, 14, is a freshman and this is his first year weightlifting. He is in the 119-pound Weight Class and is the only one on the team in that class. He has placed first in five out of the six meets and placed third in the Indian Invitational. His highest total of the year is 360 pounds with a bench press of 200 pounds and a clean jerk of 160 pounds.
“The reason why this kid is so special is because he is a freshman and has never lifted before and has dominated his weight classification,” said White. “He has a very unique work ethic and is highly competitive.”
Marc Robinson, 17, is a junior and this is his third year weightlifting. He is in the 154-pound Weight Class. He has placed first in two meets this year and in the Top three in five out of six meets. His highest total of the year is 475 pounds with a bench press of 235 pounds and a clean jerk of 240 pounds.
“I enjoy it,” said Robinson when asked about weightlifting. “I like the competition and everything that involves weightlifting.”
According to White, Marc has his work cut out for him to qualify for the state championship meet but is working hard in the weight room to make that happen.
Andrew Strom, 16, is a junior and is in his third year of weightlifting. He is in the 139-pound Weight Class. Strom has placed first in four out of six meets. Strom loves the challenges and pressure that weightlifting offers. His highest total of the year was 410 pounds with a bench press of 205 pounds and a clean jerk of 205 pounds.