The sports of weightlifting and gymnastics may seem like two different worlds, but for one Northfield athlete, they’ve have been a perfect fit and resulted in an individual state title at the Minnesota High School Weightlifting League’s state championship on Saturday, March 11 in Cannon Falls.


Kate Wiebe at the recent 2023 Last Chance qualifying meet. (Photo courtesy of T.J. Wiebe)


The state meet qualifiers from the Northfield High School Olympic Weightlifting Team for 2023. Back row (L-R): Carson Muench (black nobull shirt), Tegan Mellgren, Caleb Grawe, Toby Grawe. Front row (L-R): Mason Muench (blue hoodie), Katie Kick, Kate Wiebe, Spencer Mellgren, Elliot Ness, Logan Prescott. (Photo courtesy of Noah Bachmeier)

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TheNorthfield High School Olympic weight lifting team for 2022-23 at the Northfield home meet this season. (Photo courtesy of Noah Bachmeier)

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