Stewart and Brown Shine In Weight Lifting

EUGENE -- Oregon's backfield for 2007 showed a different side of itself on Saturday, as Jonathan Stewart and Andiel Brown both won their respective weight classes in the 16th Annual Oregon weightlifting Classic, held in the Casanova Center weight room.

Stewart, the powerful speedster from Lacey, Wash., dazzled the crowd as he finished second in the entire competition, lifting a combined 599.5 lbs. (272.5 kg) in the two sections of the competition, which included a snatch lift and a clean and jerk lift. The back completed five of his six lifts, only faltering in his last attempt with 346.5 lbs. (157.5 kg.) on the bar as he got the bar above his head but dropped the weight before the judge had given him clearance to do so. The lifts constituted personal bests for Stewart, who will enter his junior year in 2007.

"It was fun for me to participate in this event and the competition was great," Stewart said. "Both of these lifts are great workouts that focus on explosiveness and that is key for me to succeed as a football player as well."

Andiel Brown (27)

Brown, who has been a solid backup to Stewart and punt returner for the Ducks, finished first in his weight class as well, topping four opponents with a combined lift of 495 lbs. (225 kg.). Heading into his senior campaign, the back from Portland, Ore. showed his power as he snatched 225.5 lbs. (102.5 kg.) and clean and jerked 269.5 lbs. (122.5 kg.).

"As an athlete, the competition aspect of it was enticing and the fact that I won my weight class gives me a boost of confidence," Brown said. "I hope it can translate into a successful off season and a great year next year."

The competition was the first for both of the Oregon football players as they were chosen by Oregon's head strength and conditioning coach Jim Radcliffe, who has run the event every year since its inception.

"Today was a great event and Jonathan and Andiel both performed exceptionally," Radcliffe said. "It's been a great tradition of Oregon athletes that have competed in this event and they had a strong showing today."

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