Hudson sending 4 girl lifters to state
Hudson High's girls weightlifting team is sending four lifters to the state meet, and two are lifting competitively for the first time. Michaela Colson is a sophomore lifter who is in her first season at Hudson. She is in the 101-pound class. Cheyenne Lance is a senior unlimited and a first-year lifter, as well. Baily Foster (199 pounds) and Renee LeDoux (119) competed at state last year. Foster took a fourth-place medal and LeDoux was fifth. Hudson coach David Broughton is hoping for four medals when they compete at the FHSAA Girls Weightlifting State Meet Feb. 9 at Kissimmee.Lance, his senior, can do some damage. "Cheyenne is a naturally strong lifter,'' Broughton said. "To be undefeated in her first year is impressive. Her bench press is really phenomenal. We are expecting her to medal. She is a quiet, shy girl but can lift a lot of weight. I talked her into coming out. She has been pretty impressive." Lance qualified at the district meet last week at River Ridge and it was more than she could expect. "It is incredible,'' Lance said. "I made it to the state. I didn't expect to. I kind of wish I started my freshman year. I would be at the top. My max is a 205 for bench and 155 for clean and jerk. I can go up." Lance's bench press at the qualifier was 190 pounds. She had a clean and jerk of 145 and finished second. Colson took third. "She is a cheerleader and I managed to convince her to join the girls weightlifting team," Broughton said. "Her mother, Alexis, is a fitness instructor. She came in already knowing how to lift weights. Colson is just a sophomore, but brought the strength of an experienced lifter. "Her bench press was strong right away," Broughton said. "She set in her mind that she was going to qualify. I said if she hits this, you're going to state and she did. "She is not a vocal leader. She is always smiling and always happy and happy-go-lucky. She brings smiles when she comes in the room." Colson, however, was a bigger surprise qualifier than Lance. "I'm nervous but excited and proud of myself for being able to go,'' Colson said. "Both of my parents do (help me). They will help me with form. My Dad, Tim, works out every day. "I was a little surprised because it was my first year. I had to clean and jerk 100 pounds to get myself to state. I had never clean and jerked 100 on my own. I did it and it felt really good." Broughton is proud of both, but also glad he has four girls seeking medals at state. "They were a pleasant surprise," Broughton said. "It's been a pleasure coaching them."