Vikings claim two powerlifting medalists

Monday, April 22, 2019
Four-time Marshall swimming letterman Christian Farris, a 2016 graduate, has turned his attention to powerlifting as a collegian. The University of Wisconsin junior set new personal records in the bench press (320 pounds), deadlift (462.97) and squat thrust (419) during the USA Powerlifting Collegiate Nationals, April 14 at Columbus, Ohio. In only his second competition, Farris competed in the Men's Raw Collegiate 105 division, weighing in at 216 pounds. (Photo contributed by Larry Farris)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Missouri Valley College had two athletes medal during the USA Powerlifting Collegiate Nationals, April 11-15 at Columbus, Ohio.

Junior Dallas Hopping (59 kilograms) of Little Rock, Ark., placed 14th in the all men's classes, putting up personal bests in the bench press (92.5 kg), deadlift (195) and squat thrust (185) for a total weight of 432.5 kilograms.

The Vikings finished 21st in the men's team standings, with sophomore Julio Tinoco and freshman Huber Arana -- both of Marshall -- competing along with sophomore Andrew Thulleson and freshman Zachary Carlisle.

The Valley women were 18th as a unit, with junior Lendie Nolting of Stover coming in eighth with personal records in the bench (75), deadlift (172.5) and squat (185) for a total of 432.5 kilograms.

Lexington freshmen Jailyn Christophene and Talia Hutchings and Sophia Bales -- plus freshmen Tori Pfeifer -- were the Lady Vikings' entries.

Midland (Neb.) won both the men's and women's titles.


MARTIN, Tenn. -- With one more event remaining in the regular season, the Valley men's rodeo team locked up the NIRA Ozark Region championship by taking first at the Tennessee-Martin Rodeo.

The Vikings won their eighth meet in nine outings this season, by a margin of 850 to 655 points over the host Skyhawks. That gives Valley an insurmountable 2,619-point lead over UTM for the season.

Senior Briar Dittmer of Runnell, Iowa, helped lead the Vikings with 165 points by claiming the top score in the second go-round and the second-highest score in his first attempt for an average of 144.

Coming in first in calf roping was sophomore Roy Lee of Benton, Ark., who collected 170 points after winning both gos with an average time of 17.2 seconds. Lee also added 105 pints for placing third in steer wrestling -- won by sophomore Austin Schneider of Cassville, Wis., with an average of 8.5 seconds for 150 points.

Valley also got another 140 points for the second-place finish of junior saddle bronc rider Shannon Warren.

The Lady Vikings were sixth in the standings, won by Arkansas-Monticello (590 points), with 60 points. Freshman Cassandra Chism of Merrill, Wis., tied for first in goat tying with an average of 13.9 seconds and freshman Morgan Chappell was fifth in barrel racing.

Valley closes out the regional schedule this week at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Women's Lacrosse

Junior Jordan Anderson's career-high seven goals paced the MVC women's lacrosse team in its final match of the season, a 15-6 KCAC home win over Midland (Neb.).

Anderson had the hat trick before the first half was over as the Lady Vikings jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Senior Shaye Jenrich scored twice during that span, while junior Payge Farewell and sophomore Paige Reiter each added a goal.

Two more Anderson goals, along with one from sophomore Marina Diaz, boosted Valley's lead to 10-2 at the break. Anderson connected twice, combining with Farewell and junior Hayley Magditch, as the Lady Vikings scored four of the first five goals of the second half to increase the cushion to 14-3 with 16 minutes remaining.

Freshman Rachel Rossin had the last goal for the Lady Vikings, who got four saves from junior goalkeeper Jacie Willison.

Senior Danielle Willis had four goals for the Lady Warriors (0-6).

Valley closes its season with a 7-7 overall record, 3-3 to tie for fourth place in the league standings.

The fourth-ranked MVC men will compete in the NAIA National Invitational Tournament, starting May 8 at Grand Rapids, Mich.

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