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EHS powerlifters thriving to start season

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Nya Kirk Jones showcases her power during the deadlifts at the Jan. 28 meet in Elgin.  Photo by Erin AndersonThe Elgin girls powerlifting team celebrates after winning first place at the Elgin Wildcat Invitational. Photo by Erin Anderson

​Elgin High School is home to some of the strongest students in the state.​The Elgin girls powerlifting team recently won their third meet of the season, comprising individual and team excellence. Five different Elgin lifters finished atop their respective weight class. ​At the Jan. 28 meet hosted at EHS, the Lady Wildcats earned first place with 45 points. Powerlifting phenom Nya Kirk Jones won her weight class by squatting 535 pounds, benching 350 and deadlifting 455. Her combined 1,340 pounds was the most of any lifter at the meet. ​Maria Yanez won the 123-pound weight class, lifting a total of 780 pounds ...

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