North Central College hosted part of the 2013 Special Olympics Illinois area competition.
Athletes gathered inside Merner Fieldhouse and gave it their all for the power-lifting portion.
During bench press, participating men and women each had three attempts to lift as much weight as possible to earn a medal in their weight class. All competitors had to complete at least eight weeks of training prior to this event.
Those that get the gold today also qualify to compete in the state power lifting championship held in Bloomington in June.
As for the track and field events – they were postponed because Benedetti Wehrli stadium is still damp from the recent flood.
But for these athletes, disappointed was the last thing they seemed to be.
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