Wilde, Coyle Repeat as KMXT Benchpress Champs


Jay Barrett/KMXT

The Second Annual KMXT Bench Press Contest was held over the weekend, and there were two repeat winners: Kalani Coyle in the Men’s Full Body Weight category and Valene Wilde in the Women’s Division. David Horn won the Men’s Half Body Weight Division and Chris Kavanaugh was the Special Olympics Division champ.

Horn lifted half his body weight, or 105 pounds, 43-times to edge out Skip Bolton, who lifted 90 pounds 40-times. Jimmy Pickett was third, lifting 165-pounds 25-times.

Coyle managed 23 reps at his full body weight of 145 pounds.

Wilde, a two-time champ, added about a dozen reps to her total last year, lifting 65 pounds, 73-times – two short of her goal for the competition. She joked that she’s 10-pounds lighter than last year, which gave her a five-pound edge in her lifting weight.

The KMXT Bench Press Contest is organized by Lindsey Knight of the Kodiak Athletic Club.

Wilde said she got into weight lifting and body building just a few years ago:

(Bench Press 1 39 sec "The thing that really … I don’t want my old body back.")

Wilde is now preparing for a state body building competition in Anchorage coming up in March.

Leslie Foy was second in the Women’s Division, hoisting 70 pounds 26-times. LaRue Albin had 23 reps for third. Sally Pollard and Elyse Johnson tied for fourth with 20 reps each.

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