Winning a national championship at any sport or event is impressive, but for Bradyite Jenn Moran, once just wasn't enough. For the second year in a row, she won the top spot in her weight classification at the Collegiate USA Powerlifting Nationals.
With 320 lifters representing 36 universities from across the nation competing in the meet, Moran, a third-year student who is classified as a senior at Texas A&M University in College Station, won the meet with a combined three-lift total of 1,157.25 pounds.
"I started to compete with the Aggie team during my freshman year, but dropped out to concentrate on my studies," said Moran. "It's a club team that represents Texas A&M and last year, I finished first and this year it all just came together."
The powerlifting team begins workouts during the fall semester. Moran has been working out with the team since last fall, but in a break from the norm, hasn't competed at a sanctioned meet since the national competition in 2013.
"This was my first meet since nationals last year," she said. "I'm technically a senior by hours, but this is only my third year at Texas A&M. I'm majoring in kineseology and minoring in psychology and I'm on schedule to graduate in December, but I may add on some things to include a coaching certification. If I were to do that, it would allow me to compete in powerlifting again next year."
The distinction of finishing in the top three in the nation in her division has also given Moran All American status for two consecutive years.
The first place total posted by Moran was comprised of three lifts in squat, bench press and deadlift. Competing in the 84kg+ division, she successfully lifted a 490.5 pound squat lift. In the bench press, she lifted 270 pounds while in the deadlift, she completed 396.75 and narrowly missed her next weight of 413 pounds.
Moran, the daughter of Dan and Janet Moran of Brady, is a 2011 graduate of Brady High School where she was first introduced to the sport of powerlifting. She placed second in the state in both her junior and senior years of high school.