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Cannon Falls’ Madasyn Hofstedt (middle), with parents Mandi and Josh, signed her National Letter of Intent for weightlifting at Northern Michigan University. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Hofstedt to lift at Northern Michigan

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CANNON FALLS – Weightlifting is something Cannon Falls’ Madasyn Hofstedt has been passionate about throughout her life. 

“Because of my dad (Cannon Falls football and strength coach Josh Hofstedt) and his coach, Scott (Safe, now Madasyn’s weightlifting coach), I was always around the environment,” Madasyn said. “Then I thought, ‘Heck, might as well try it.’” 

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But, even as she became one of the top female lifters in Minnesota, the possibility of continuing a weightlifting career in college didn’t really cross her mind.

“I kind of knew there was that whole college thing, but I never knew they would take someone from a small town like Cannon Falls,” Hofstedt said. “I thought it was more of a big-town thing … you go to the Olympic training center and that was kind of your way in.”

But after she won a state title back in March, Hofstedt piqued the interest of Northern Michigan University in Marquette. And because of her strong showing, Hofstedt will continue to lift, signing with the NMU Weightlifting Club on Wednesday.

Also a volleyball player for the Bombers this past fall, Hofstedt was set to play collegiately at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. So, she had a difficult choice to make.

“I’ve kind of done weightlifting since I was really little and I loved it. The scholarship was good, and I think it ultimately led to, ‘What do I want to do? Do I want to play volleyball or do I want to weightlift?’” Hofstedt said. “And I went with weightlifting.”

At the Minnesota High School Championships on March 8, Hofstedt won a state title in the 75-kilogram division after lifting 86 kilograms (189.6 pounds) in the clean and jerk and 64 (141.1 pounds) in the snatch for a total score of 150 kilograms (330.7 pounds). Her total was the highest among the varsity competitors. 

Northern Michigan was in Lakeville that day.

“Luckily, the coach from Northern Michigan showed up at the state championships to recruit, saw her and that’s where we were able to make the contact,” said Scott Safe, Hofstedt’s weightlifting coach. “We were not outwardly looking out for something like that. … Thank God he showed up to recruit.”

Hofstedt added, “He sent me a letter a few days after the state meet and that’s how I got a hold of him.”

What’s most intriguing to Safe is what Hofstedt will be able to do in the future. Along with weightlifting and volleyball, Hofstedt also competes for the Cannon Falls track and field team as a sprinter, jumper and thrower.

“She’s stronger than a lot of my boys. She’s a good sprinter, she’s a good jumper, she’s a good athlete,” Safe said. “It will sure be interesting to see how good she’ll be when she isn’t busy with a lot of other things, too. … Her potential is big. Even though she’s really good now, I’m sure she’s going to get a whole lot better when this is her full-time gig.”

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