A La Crescenta boy took home the gold medal this past weekend at the USA Weightlifting Youth Nationals meet in Austin, Texas. Michael Melendez, 13, won gold for best overall total in his weight class, and additionally won gold in both the Snatch and Clean & Jerk events. He also went 6 for 6, meaning he hit all six of his lifts — which is an accomplishment in and of itself —as well as set new personal records of 65 kg in the Snatch (143#) and 80 kg in the Clean & Jerk (176#).
The American Records for boys 13-and-under in the 69 kg weight class is 88 kg for the Snatch and 105 kg for the Clean & Jerk. The young man’s next goal is to try to break both of those before he turns 14 in February of 2017.
Melendez has been training for more than three years at CrossFit Survival, first as a member of their youth classes and now as a member of their weight-lifting team where he is coached by USAW Sports Performance Coach Shannon Franklin