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On Saturday December 1st, 58 lifters, 20 of them Malvern students, flocked to Dougherty Hall to take part in the First Annual Frank Spellman Classic.

This meet was held to honor Frank Spellman, who was born in Malvern in 1922 and won a Gold Medal at the 1948 Olympics in London for Weightlifting. The competitors came in to put up their best numbers in the snatch and clean and jerk. Gary Halloway, Jack Norton, and Dan Grandieri all qualified for Junior Nationals.

Mr. Erik Miller teaches physical fitness and coordinates Malvern strength and conditioning. “I felt the meet went very well and the turnout was fantastic for our first ever open meet.  It was a only able to take place because of the help of the maintenance department for getting the materials we needed.  Special thanks goes out to Kate Plows, Mike Stangis, and Mike Cenci for creating the best lifter awards,” he noted.

From this meet $1400 were raised which will be used to buy kilogram training plates like the ones used in the competition.

“A special moment was when Frank Spellman’s nephew and cousin spoke about Frank and gave the crowd more information on who he was.  It was great for them to come out and support the team,” observed Miller.

Since the competition, there has been an influx of new lifters with at least 5 new members joining over the past 2 weeks. Weightlifting may be the next big thing at Malvern as the inaugural class looks to go undefeated in the Inter-Ac.