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Brown ‘outstanding’ in earning state berth

By Richard Greene | Published Thursday, March 10, 2011

At 120 pounds, Decatur’s Dillan Brown was far from being the biggest lifter at the Class 3A Region VI meet at Decatur High School Saturday.

But Brown, who lifted a meet record of 1,050 pounds in the 123-class, was the best, taking home the Outstanding Lifter Award.

Brown, who finished second at the state meet last year, won the regional title by 100 pounds.

“It was a really good day,” Brown said. “I was hoping for a second trip to state. To get the outstanding lifter feels like I accomplished a lot.”

The junior has his sights set on bringing home a state title March 26 in Abilene.

“I’d like to get 1,100 and break the squat record,” Brown said. “The next two weeks I’m going to hit the squat rack real hard and go ’til I collapse.”

Decatur coach Heath Tullous expects Brown to be a favorite at state.

“He’s got a good shot to win it,” Tullous said. “He was real nervous last year. This year, he will be more comfortable.”

Brown collected the regional squat record Saturday, lifting 430 pounds with ease.

“I felt like I had more in me,” he said.

Brown lifted 210 on bench press. He lifted 215 but was not credited with it because of a foul. It was the lone lift he did not get the whole day.

“It moved about a foot on him,” Tullous said. “There was nothing he couldn’t lift though.”

Brown closed the day with a 410-pound deadlift.

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