USA Weightlifting Roster for IWF Junior World Championships Announced

Check out the full rosters for Junior World Championships!

USA Weightlifting has announced the women’s and men’s team rosters for the International Weightlifting Federation Junior World Championships. Both rosters tout athletes quite familiar high-level competition success

This will be the final gold-level qualifying event for American athletes before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. (Read more in our explainer on Olympic qualifying for weightlifters!)

IWF Junior World Championships Rosters

The IWF Junior World Championships is scheduled to take place on March 14-24 in Bucharest, Romania. Check out the full team rosters below, which come directly from USA Weightlifting’s press releaseNote: an asterisk next to an athlete’s name means reserve. 

Junior World Championships Women’s Roster

Athlete Name BW Hometown Club Coach
Ella Grizzle 55kg Severna Park, MD Choptank Anthony Hernandez
Emma Nye 55kg Kansas City, MO Vero Beach Weightlifting Brian Secrest
Madeline Staniszewski* 55kg Jupiter, FL Vero Beach Weightlifting Brian Secrest
Peyton Brown 59kg Peoria, AZ Team E3 David Brown
Kate Wehr 59kg Kutztown, PA Garage Strength Dane Miller
Juliette Chang-Fane* 59kg Merritt Island, FL Vero Beach Weightlifting Brian Secrest
Meaghan Strey 64kg Auburn, WA Alpha Barbell Kevin Simons
Kristina Robinson 64kg Malta, IL Praire State Barbell Brandon Male
Olivia Reeves 71kg Hixson, TN Unattached Stephan Fauer
Athena Schrijver 76kg Rohnert Park, CA Myles Ahead Weightlifting Freddie Myles
Nadeen Pierre 76kg Andover, MN Union Weightlifting Vinh Huynh
Avery Owens 81kg Fort Meade, MD CHFP Weightlifting Club Cara Heads Slaughter

Junior World Championships Men’s Roster

Athlete Name BW Hometown Club Coach
Hampton Morris 61kg Marietta, GA ALLSOUTH Barbell Tripp Morris
Carlos Millen 61kg Savannah, GA Coastal Empire Weightlifting Kerri Goodrich
Antwan Kilbert* 61kg St. Louis, MO Lift for Life Gym Jimmy Duke
Ryan Grimsland 67kg Lewisville, NC Mash Mafia Weightlifting Travis Mash
CJ Cummings 73kg Beaufort, SC Team Divergent Ray Jones
Jerome Smith 73kg St. Louis, MO Lift for Life Gym Jimmy Duke
Harrison Maurus 81kg Auburn, WA Power and Grace Performance Spencer Arnold
Nathan Cerwinske 81kg Mesa, AZ Performance One Weightlifting Joe Micela
Nathan Prokop 89kg Atherton, CA Menlo College Weightlifting Freddie Myles
Will Easley* 89kg Aurora, IL Aurora Weightlifting Club Thomas Kraus
Morgan McCullough 96kg Clemmons, NC Mash Mafia Weightlifting Crystal McCullough
Tayon Vereen 109kg Savannah, GA Coastal Empire Weightlifting Kerri Goodrich


Judging by the weights these athletes have been lifting in training, the podium seems to be in reach for the USA. We look forward to some big numbers at the Junior World Championships.

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