Printed on: December 06, 2012

Salmon lifter wraps up junior career

Marlowe Hereford

Salmon native and current LSU-Shreveport sophomore Kollin Cockrell moves up to the open division in January. His last order of business at the junior division, however, was to break the American record at the American Open Weightlifting Championships over the weekend in Palm Springs, Calif.

The 2011 Salmon High School graduate fell just short of breaking the record. He snatched 145 kg and clean and jerked 187 kg for a total of 332 kg to take sixth place overall in the men's 105 kg weight class -- all personal bests.

"He all but had it there, but couldn't quite lock it out," said Kevin Cockrell, Kollin's father. "He was actually the youngest person in the event in the 105 category. He's got a lot of heart."

Kevin said Kollin is uncertain where he will compete next, but next year's collegiate national championships are sure to be on the agenda considering his previous success there. He qualified for the 2012 World University Championships but opted to not compete so he could focus on the American Open. Qualifying for World University next year, however, is a big goal.

"It's under the Olympics as far as prestige," Kevin Cockrell said. "If he could make that, it would be a great accomplishment. He's a wonderful son and I'm very proud of him."

Coming up locally

The Santa Claws 5k fun run begins at 10 a.m. Saturday outside of Reed Gym on the Idaho State University Campus. The race is organized by ISU students in the Depart-ment of Sport Science and P.E. All race proceeds will benefit student-athlete scholarships and a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Jackie Poulson, who was electrocuted with Michael Hicks and Keith Tarpley in August in a Bingham County irrigation canal.

Poulson was an Idaho State record holder in track and field and was an assistant track coach for the Bengals for eight years.

Saturday is also the opening day for Dollar Mountain at Sun Valley. Cross-country season officially gets under way Saturday with Nordic Tune Up races at Grand Targhee Resort. Races are available at 5k and 10k distances in either skate or classic in the Rick's Basin area.

Team USA update

It has been an eventful week in the Olympic sports world. The U.S. women's national team picked up its second straight win over Ireland, a 2-0 decision, on Saturday and forward Alex Morgan was named Female Athlete of the Year by U.S. Soccer on Monday.

The 23-year-old from Diamond Bar, Calif., has scored 28 goals in 2012, third best behind Abby Wambach (31 in 2004) and Michelle Akers (39 in 1991). Morgan is also on the short list for the FIFA year-end awards along with Wambach and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, which will be announced Jan. 7.

Julie Johnston, a defender on the U.S. U-20 team that upset Germany to win the U-20 World Cup in September in Japan, won the Young Female Athlete of the Year Award.

The U.S. women's national team has three matches left in the post-Olympics fan tribute tour and will play China on Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit.

Eight days after returning to the slopes for the first time since battling a serious intestinal illness, Lindsey Vonn swept all three races at Lake Louise over the weekend for her seventh consecutive win at the venue.

The sweep also puts her at 56 career World Cup wins, second-most all-time by a female skier and six back from Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Proell for the most all-time.

Vonn was also joined by an American teammate all three days on the podium. Stacey Cook took second to Vonn on Friday and Saturday and Julia Mancuso took second in Sunday's super G. The U.S. women continue the World Cup schedule this weekend with races in St. Moritz.

Ted Ligety won Sunday's Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom at Beaver Creek, Colo., by 1.76. The win gives him at 320 points thus far this season, for second place in the FIS World CupĀ overall standings.

Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin won her third national title in the 200-yard backstroke Saturday at the Winter Nationals in Austin, Tex., with a time of 1:49:16.

Fellow Olympian and world record holder Katie Ledecky won the 1,650 freestyle in 15:28.36 and Margo Geer won the 100 freestyle in 47.16 seconds for her first national title.

Kevin Cordes won the 200 breaststroke with an American record time of 1:50.73 and Olympian Matt Grevers won the 100 freestyle in 41.71 for his second national title in two days. He set an American record Friday in his 100 backstroke win.

Marlowe Hereford is a sports reporter for the Post Register. Contact her at mhereford@postregister.com or 542-6772.