By Alberta Stojkovic
The heat and humidity didn’t slow down the contestants in the “Strong” Contest at the Sweet Corn Festival. At least you couldn’t notice any slacking in the 43 who competed in the “Strong” contest sponsored by Buckeye Training and Fitness Academy (BTFA) last Saturday.
The contest ran almost three hours in the sun with 90 plus degree heat and lots of humidity that had weather forecasters placing the heat index at 105 degrees. However, the heat factor couldn’t stop the effort that the children, women and men put into winning the competition.
The “Adult Strong” contest consisted of tire flips and a timed “Farmers’ Hold.” The children did mini-flips for their contest. Both adult men and women also competed in the “Deadlift” contest.
BTFA Instructor, Maria Castricone was very pleased with the turnout and efforts of the contestants. She said it is the third year BTFA has hosted the event and it has gotten bigger every year.
Contestants for the 2015 Mini (kids) Strong contest were: First place 4-8 years old was Katie Statler, second went to A’Lesha “Da Bomb” James, and Brooklyn Davis got third place. Other contestants were Aalya White, Brooklyn White and Faith White. Girls 9-13; Aleena McCabe came in first, Mary Kelty was second and Lilly Brooks was in third place.
In the Boys Strong Contest 4-8 years old Kolton White place first, Leland McKenzie was second and Caden Rine came in third. Others were Deegan Daughenty, Evan Shoffner, Thomas Picket, Rocco Castricone, Reid Walters, Camden Castricone, Will Walters, and Damon Boggs.
The 9-12 Boys were Jay Malchori in first place and Damien McCabe in second.
Adult Strong Men were J.D. Daughenty, Frank Foltz, Anthony McCabe, Chris Klein, Abram Colegrove, Jordan “Deezol” Nelson, Jasper, Miller, Michael White, Billy Maytac, Hunter Trimmer, Grant Trimmer, Shane Smith, Mitch Walker, and Trevor Meade. First place went to Abram Colgrove, second to Jordan Nelson and third place to Trevor Meade.
Strong Woman contestants were Codi Workman, Ashley White, Melissa Chilcote, Rachel Schwartz, Allie Brewer, Paige Bierce, and Sabrina Holtrey. First went to Rachel Schwartz, second place was Sabrina Holtrey and third went to Allie Brewer.
BTFA Men’s Deadlift Competition: Abram Colegrove, Jasper Miller, Frank Foltz, Roc Castricone, Jr., J.D. Daughenty, Anthony McCabe, Dustin Rine, Jordan “Deezol” Nelson, and Billy Maytac. BTFA Women’s Deadlift Competition included: Hilary Bynting, Morgan Lamping, Melissa Chilcote, Ashley White and Rachel Schwartz.
In Women’s Deadlift, Melissa Chilcote came in first place with a new Personal Record of 315 lbs. Morgan Lamping placed second with 275 lbs. and a 305 lb. try. Rachel Schwartz came in third with 275 lbs. For the men, Dustin Rine of Pataskala came in first in Deadlift with 545 lbs. Second went to Frank Foltz with 475 lbs. for a new personal record. Abram Colegrove came in at 435 lbs. for third.