Will Hemmen, a 2019 University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate, placed fifth Sunday among 16 participants in his division’s weight class at the International Powerlifting Federation Men’s Classic World Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden.
The 22-year-old UAF petroleum engineering graduate from Anchorage compiled a total of 792.5 kilograms (about 1,754.5 pounds) while competing in the 105kg (231 pounds) class of the junior men’s division for ages 20-23.
The participants got three attempts each for squat, bench press and dead lift. Their best scores in each category were recorded for their totals.
Hemmen’s best squat attempt was 312.53kg (about 690 pounds). His best bench press was 167.5kg (about 369.5 pounds) and his top effort for the squat was 317.5kg (about 699 pounds).
Hemmen, a corrosion control engineer for Coffman Engineers in Fairbanks, qualified for the world championships based on his results at the USA Powerlifting nationals last year in Spokane, Washington.
Boise State University junior Allie Ostrander, a Kenai Central High School graduate, captured her third straight women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase title Saturday at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas.
Ostrander posted a school record 9 minutes, 37.73 seconds and became the first woman in Division I track and field history to win three consecutive titles in the event.
“This one definitely feels special,’’ Ostrander said in a Boise State news release. “Coming out of regionals, it was the fastest West Regional ever. In prelims yesterday (Friday at the NCAA Championships), I felt like it was probably the fastest ever.
“There’s so many competitive ladies this year, and I also had the added pressure of two past titles. So to be able to pull this one off was something really special.”
She joined Colorado’s Jenny Barringer as the only women to win three Division I steeplechase titles. Barringer won in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Ostrander also is the first Boise State track and field athlete to win three national titles during a career for the Broncos.
She is the 15th woman at the Division I level to win three consecutive national titles, and is the sixth to accomplish the feat in a middle-distance or distance event.
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