Powerlifting: Lifters close out season at state meet

By Travis Lisle | Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Tyler Jennings and Bronson Burks of Bridgeport and Jacob Hartsell and Dakota Williams of Decatur competed at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association championships in Abilene Saturday.

Jennings finished 12th in the state among 209 lifters in the 242 weight class for Division 2.

He improved his personal best on bench press to 380 pounds.

Jennings received one of the 18 $1,000 scholarships given to powerlifters by the association.

Burks finished 10th out of 218 lifters from the 275 class. He got his personal best in the squat with a lift of 575 pounds and bench pressed 325.

“I am very proud of these young men for their hard work,” said Bridgeport coach Davis McAlister. “I’m also proud of all of the lifters that chose to represent Bridgeport this season.

“Bronson and Tyler have sealed their status as the first two boys in Bridgeport history to make it to the state level competition in powerlifting.”

Decatur’s Williams finished 16th in the 220 class with a squat of 500, a bench press of 285 and a deadlift of 500 for a total of 1285.

The total number was down for Williams, who wasn’t feeling well for most of the trip, according to coach Scott Warner.

“He tried his best but we came to find out that he had mono,” Warner said. “I’ve never seen him down like he was that day in three years as his coach. But he competed hard and did well.”

Hartsell was 11th in the super heavyweight division, squatting 550 pounds, bench pressing 415 and pulling 560 on deadlift.

“It was a great experience and a shock factor a little bit considering how strong the other guys were,” Warner said. “It was impressive. Overall, we went down there and had a lot of fun. We had a good time and they enjoyed getting away.

“I’m proud of the way they worked at it for the last four years. They completed their goal of getting to state.”

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