A trio of Kenai Peninsula lifters competed at the 2017 Alaska State Powerlifting Championships last weekend in Anchorage.
Billie Denison, 27, of Nikiski and Emmanuel Van Hout, 20, both earned weight class victories at the meet, and 19-year-old Austin Schrader finished second in his weight class. Denison also took the title of 2017 overall female state champion.
Denison captured the Female Raw Open 72-kilogram weight class title with a combined lifting weight of 300 kilograms, hitting max lifts of 117.5 kilograms in the squat, 50 kilograms in the bench press and 132.5 in the deadlift.
In the Male Raw Junior 83 kilo class, Van Hout won with a combined weight of 567.5 kilograms, hitting 182.5 in the squat, 140 in the bench press and 240 in the deadlift. In the Male Raw Open 83 kilo class, Schrader finished second with a combined weight of 610 kilograms, lifting 212.5 in the squat, 147.5 in the bench and 250 in the deadlift.