Alexandra Thornton continued to flex her muscles last week at the Youth National Championships weightlifting tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The 13-year-old Highland Park Middle School student set a new American record for her age group with a snatch of 53 kilograms, combined with a 60 kg clean-and-jerk for a total of 113. That was 23 kg better than the runner-up. Alex also surpassed her previous personal best of 109 kg.
Her victory was no surprise, as she already was the top-ranked 13-and-under female lifter in the country entering the competition. Afterward, she becomes No. 4 in the 15-and-under age group. Next up, she will represent Team USA at the International Youth Invitational on Oct. 10-12 in Colorado Springs, Colo.