Strength and Conditioning Staff Practicing What They Preach: Part 2

June 23, 2010

By Colin Burns, Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

The last few weeks have continued to build upon the U-M Olympic sports strength and conditioning staff's reputation as "practitioners of what they preach". On Saturday, June 19, a group consisting of assistant strength and conditioning coach Bo Sandoval, strength and conditioning intern Andrew Stocks and student-athlete Jake Ceccarelli competed in the Michigan State Championships and Cougar Open Weightlifting meet in Lansing, Mich. Although both meets were held simultaneously under the same roof, the state championships were solely for Michigan state residents and the Cougar Open for non-residents.

The day was filled with heavy weights and great excitement, culminating with both Sandoval and Ceccarelli becoming state champions in the 94kg and 85kg weight classes, respectively, while Stocks took second-place honors in the Cougar Open 85kg division. During the process of becoming state champion, Sandoval went a perfect 6-for-6 and established new personal records in both lifts. Ceccarelli also set personal records in both lifts, while Stocks established a new personal record in the clean and jerk. All in all, it was another great showing by the boys from Michigan.

Meet Results (in kilograms):

Athlete Wt Class Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Place
Bo Sandoval 94Kg 100,105, 110 120, 125, 130 240 1st
Jake Ceccarelli 85 Kg 110, 115, 115 130, 136, 137 252 1st
Andrew Stocks 85Kg 77, 81, 85 110, 115, 120 205 2nd

Only one week earlier on Saturday, June 12, new Olympic sports strength and conditioning graduate assistant Colin Burns competed in Peoria, Ill., at the USA Weightlifting National Championships. Being his first time on the national stage, and only his second meet overall, the day was full of ups and downs.

The competition started out a little rough for Colin when he missed his first two snatch attempts. Faced with a do-or-die situation in order to remain in the competition, Colin refocused and made a successful third attempt. During the clean and jerk, Colin put the first-time jitters behind him by going a perfect 3-for-3, setting a new personal record and finishing the meet in fifth place in the 94kg division.

Meet Results (in kilograms):

Athlete Wt Class Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Place
Colin Burns 94Kg 130,130, 130 150, 155, 162 292 5th

Part 1