Weightlifter Young wins bronze at National Jr.

MARQUETTE – United States Olympic Education Center weightlifter Chris Young pocketed a bronze medal Sunday at the National Junior Weightlifting Championships in Foster City, Calif.

Young, of downstate Oakland competed in the 85-kilogram weight class. He lifted 110 kg in the snatch and 147 kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 257 kg.

“I felt really good going into the event,” Young said. “I knew if I could put a good snatch and a good clean and jerk together, I had a chance at third.

“Coach (Vance) Newgard did an outstanding job coaching. He set me up for the medal.”

Other USOEC weightlifters competing in the event, but falling short of the podium, were Annie Bengry of Marquette and Brian Budd of downstate Okemos.

Bengry wound up eighth with a personal best total of 105 kg in the 53-kg weight class, beating her old record by 5 kg.

Budd took seventh place by surpassing his personal best total by 30 kg with a 235-kg total.