Bobcat lifters compete at the 2024 Verdigre Powerlifting Meet

Umphress named outstanding male lifter


February 28, 2024

LuAnn Schindler | SAM

Heavy lifting • Connor Thomson puts extra effort, including powerful facial expressions, into a squat during Saturday's Verdigre Powerlifting Meet. Thomson surpassed the 800-pound total mark.

Seven Summerland powerlifters traveled to Verdigre, Saturday, Feb. 24, to participate in the third annual Verdigre Powerlifting Meet.

A total of 206 powerlifters, representing fifteen different schools from around the state, were in attendance.

"It was an outstanding day of lifting for the Bobcat competitors," organizer Jeff Shabram said.

Mathew Umphress was crowned outstanding male lifter of the meet by strength index, which is total weight lifted divided by body weight. That strength index of 6.45 broke his own school record.

"Speaking of school records, Gavin Whiting's 385-pound squat also...

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