At the inaugural American Open Series 1 held in Reno, NV March 16-19th, Idaho athletes came out in force for the Youth, Junior, Senior, and Masters Divisions. In the Youth division, Lucas Carlisle (62kg) of Snake River WLC took home a Bronze medal in the C&J and in the total with 61/82/143. Rhianna Hampton (53kg), also had a strong showing going 6 for 6 and taking 6th place with 41/52/93. Rounding out the Youth division was Jake Crist (85kg) of Boise Barbell Club going 5 for 6 at his first National meet with 61/86/147. Parker Knight (77kg) also went 5 for 6 at his first National meet going 91/107/198 in the Junior division. Ellen Merrill (69kg) of North Idaho WLC placed 8th going 74/95/169. She is coached by Jan Marlatt Cook.
March was certainly the "Month of the Masters" with Deborah Hanscom (+90kg) of Boise Barbell Club, fresh off her National Championship in Savannah, GA, taking home gold again in the Masters 45 group going 61/85/146. Terence Woods (105kg), Boise Barbell, followed up his Bronze medal performance at Masters Nationals with a gold in Reno in the Masters 50 going 86/118/204. The final gold medalist was Alison Ruoff (63kg) in the Masters 40 going 46/62/108. Coach Dan Fischer (77kg) went 6 for 6 with 86/110/196 and brought home a Silver medal in the Masters 35 for Boise Barbell Club. Tony Ober (94kg) took a Bronze in the Masters 45 going 80/100/180.
According to USA Weightlifting (2017), "The American Open Series is a new series of 3 events each year leading up to the American Open Finals (previously the “American Open”). The events provide an opportunity for all age and weight categories to gain more platform experience across the year and an opportunity for those who no longer meet raised totals on our traditional competitions to still compete at the national level. The Top 3 overall in each Weight Category will qualify for the American Open Finals in that year. The Top 3 Youth by Sinclair will qualify for the American Open Finals, the Top 3 Masters by Sinclair-Malone-Meltzer will qualify for the American Open Finals that year."