Pumping iron: Alvord wins region meet, sends three to state

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
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Strength in Numbers

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS – The Alvord boys powerlifting team won the Region 6 Division III championship last week. The Bulldogs’ team consists of Dain Warnick, Zach Brown, Parker Redman, Kaleb Grable, Jakob Dumke. Jesse Butler, Payton Miller and Justin Christensen. Brown, Miller and Christensen qualified for state. Messenger photo by Reece Waddell

The Alvord Bulldogs hoisted more than weights at the Region 6 Division III powerlifting meet last week.

After posting a total of 23 points, Alvord secured its first region championship and qualified three lifters for the state meet.

“They’ve been talking about [winning the region] for two or three years now and have been working toward it,” said Alvord coach John Wright. “It was fun seeing them see the fruits of their efforts and have some success.”

The Bulldogs’ three state qualifiers – Zach Brown, Payton Miller and Justin Christensen – won their weight classes.

Brown lifted 1,590 pounds to win the super heavyweight class. His squat of 710 pounds was a personal best.

“Not that many people from Alvord go to the state powerlifting meet,” Brown said. “Having three of us go is a pretty big accomplishment. If we can go get a medal, it will be even bigger.”

Miller took gold in the 132-pound division, lifting 1,120 pounds. He squatted 470, benched 225 and deadlifted 425.

The senior said consistent training was the key for him advancing to state.

“You can’t just come in here one day a week and try to improve your max,” Miller said. “You have to come in every single day and actually put in work.”

Christensen edged out Whitesboro’s Ignacio Salas by 30 pounds to win the 123-pound division. He racked up a total of 950 pounds, squatting 400, benching 185 and deadlifting 365.

“It definitely took a lot to get to this point,” Christensen said. “It would mean a lot [to medal at state] and make me feel pretty good.”

Alvord’s three lifters will compete at the state meet at the Taylor County Expo Center March 23 in Abilene.

“When I started this weight program three years ago, I explained to them it was a plowhorse process,” Wright said. “It wasn’t going to be fast, but it was going to be worth it in the end. For the seniors to go down and get on the medal stand at state, it would be awesome. They deserve it.”

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