In his final season as a Farmer, powerlifter Colby Stinedurf put an exclamation mark on his FHS career, earning a silver medal at the state powerlifting meet March 27.
Being able to compete at state was a moment Stinedurf worked three years to accomplish, finally earning his chance this year, said the powerlifter.
“It did feel pretty good to have the opportunity to go to state and compete,” Stinedurf said. “I had worked so hard for first place for like the span of three years, and even though I felt a bit robbed on squat and deadlift, earning second place was still pretty cool.”
For the 172-pound lifter, his senior season presented as a chance to prove himself. After earning a trip to the state meet last season in the 165-pound weight class, Stinedurf was unable to fight for his medal opportunity, as the meet was canceled due to the pandemic.
Coming back with a renewed intensity, Stinedurf has seen his hard work pay off, increasing his max capacity throughout the season, coach J. J. Williams said.
“Colby did amazing, increasing his max lifting weight by over a hundred pounds throughout the year,” Williams said. “What Stinedurf accomplished at state very few get to accomplish. I always tell people going in that getting a medal at state means you’ve accomplished something special, So for Colby, getting a second place medal at state is awesome, for lack of a better word.”
Throughout the season, Stinedurf continued to improve his total score and weight as he entered different meets. In his first event of the year in Princeton, Stinedurf was the top lifter of the meet, finishing with 1,565 total pounds, including 620 pounds in the squat competition. Winning the next two events, Stinedurf was slowly increasing his top overall weight, putting himself in great contention for a third straight state trip.
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By Jackson King • [email protected]