by Al Myers
DEANNA SPRINGS MEMORIAL MEET
This was another great year for the Deanna Meet. The “same crew” of lifters made their appearance that have been attending the past few years – Joe, Rudy, Mike, Dean and myself. Several times throughout the day I felt de-ja vu (a feeling that I’ve experienced this before), which TURNS OUT to be the case. Same group of lifters, performing the same lifts in the Clark’s Gym, and getting beat rather handily by Joe Garcia! This makes FOUR YEARS in a row that I have placed second to Joe G in this meet. I should research this farther back, but it would be depressing as I know there have been many other “seconds” for me in prior years!
This was a BIG DAY for Joe. This win marks his 11th victory at the Deanna Springs Meet. The amazing thing is that he scored an adjusted point total of 4196 points, which is the BEST OF ALL TIME. Congrats Joe!!!! Joe’s new record erased the previous top point total by Abe Smith in 2005. I would like to believe that the Daily News Story that I wrote last week on the “top performances at the Deanna Meet” might have inspired Joe to this new record. After all, my main goal at this meet is to push Joe to lift hard. If I can make him a little nervous at any point throughout the day, I feel like I have accomplished something. He is just TOO GOOD at these lifts for me to give him any serious competition once the age and bodyweight corrections are made. I did put up a 4146 total, which is the 5th best total of ALL TIME in this meet. Joe tried to top me in this as well with his final Hip Lift, but it was just too much for him. I thanked him for letting me take home a “moral victory”! But by the look on his face when I said this to him, it was obvious to me that he wasn’t “letting me” take home anything. If he could have totalled more – he WOULD HAVE regardless of my feelings!
As Joe and I were having our battle, the “senior lifters” of Rudy, Dean and Mike were having theirs. Rudy came out on top again this year over his two amigos (I’ve impressed myself here – a little Spanish and French in the SAME story!). Rudy’s big Hip Lift of 785# sealed the win. I’ve said this before – I really enjoy watching these guys compete against each other. They do it for the RIGHT REASONS – as you can tell they are enjoying every minute of it.
Afterwards, we made our traditional visit to the Golden Corral to fill our rumens. But unlike prior years where I’m hitting the road right after eating, this year I spent the night in Columbia because of Eric Todd’s meet in Cameron on Sunday. This was a BIG WEEKEND for the USAWA in Missouri – two meets 150 miles apart! In closing, I want to thank Bill for opening his gym up to us again this year by hosting this meet.
Deanna Springs Meet
March 24th, 2012
Meet Director: Bill Clark
Officials (1 official system used): Bill Clark
Lifts: Crucifix, Curl – Cheat, Deanna Lift, Hand and Thigh Lift, Hip Lift
NOTES: BWT is bodyweight in pounds. All lifts recorded in pounds. Total is total pounds lifted. Points are adjusted points for lynch and age correction.
EXTRA LIFTS FOR RECORD:
Mike Murdock: Squat – Front 165#