USAPL Raw Nats: How to Watch, USA’s Strength Improvement, and Lifters to Follow

We’re less than a day away from the 10th Annual USA Powerlifting Raw National Championships. Every year, the USAPL Raw National Championships bring out the best of the best from all 50 states. Athletes who compete must qualify before doing so with a qualifying total that’s been pre-determined for each weight class.

For those interested in watching, we’ve linked the stream, full meet roster, and prime time schedule below.

How Has USA Improved Over the Last Four Years?

SBD-USA, recently shared an interesting article that covers the progression of USA raw powerlifters weight classes’ totals and strength increases. The sport has grown exponentially over the last four years, and so have the totals athletes continue to put up. Check out the chart SBD shared covering each gender’s weight class top three finisher’s average total progressions over the last four years.

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In their article they note, “In 2008, just 89 lifters took to the podium. Of those lifters, just 37 achieved a Wilks score of more than 400, and none hit the 475 mark. Now the standard of competition is much higher. Last year, more than 20 athletes put up a Wilks score of over 500 points.”

What’s possibly the most interesting takeaway from SBD’s article is that every weight class has improved since 2013, and the women’s weight classes have improved the most. When you consider the sport’s growth this all makes sense. First, powerlifting oriented training continues to evolve, and grow. Second, and most importantly, with more participation comes larger pools of talent, which will indefinitely push the envelope for stronger athletes and competition in each weight class.

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Who to Watch This Year

The prime time lifting schedule is reserved for the best athletes in each weight class. These athletes have some of the highest totals for their class, and we’ve included the top athlete from each class, the day they compete, and their qualifying total below.

Day 1 – 10/10

Female Male
Heather Connor: Female 47kg
Qualifying Total: 375kg
Dalton Lacoe: Male 53kg
Qualifying Total: 518kg
Marisa Inda: Female 52kg
Qualifying Total: 430kg
Matthew Arremony: Male 59kg
Qualifying Total: 527.5kg
Keith Mchoney: Male 66kg
Qualifying Total: 677.5kg

Day 2 – 10/11

Jennifer Millican: Female 57kg
Qualifying Total: 462kg
Taylor Atwood: Male 74kg
Qualifying Total: 733kg

Day 3 – 10/12

Jennifer Thompson: Female 63kg
Qualifying Total: 486kg
Russel Orhii: Male 83kg
Qualifying Total: 792.5kg

Day 4 – 10/13

Kimberly Walford: Female 72kg
Qualifying Total: 535.5kg
David Ricks: Male 93kg
Qualifying Total: 830kg

Day 5 – 10/14

Daniella Melo: Female 84kg
Qualifying Total: 531.5kg
Garrett Blevins: Male 105kg
Qualifying Total: 885.5kg
Bonica Lough: Female 84kg+
Qualifying Total: 647.5kg

Day 6 – 10/15

N/ADennis Cornelius: Male 120kg
Qualifying Total: 978.5kg
Ray Williams: Male 120kg+
Qualifying Total: 1,105kg


Feature image screenshot from @usapowerlifting Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master’s in Sports Science and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,300 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake’s bread-and-butter.

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