Decatur senior Raymond Cortez set the Region VI Division II record Saturday in the super heavyweight class with his 620-pound deadlift.
“I didn’t know if I could do it,” Cortez said. “When I lifted it up, it was like a big weight off my shoulders.
“It’s awesome to have a regional record.”
Cortez also won the class and earned a second trip to state with his total of 1,620 pounds. He squatted 620 pounds and benched 380.
“It’ll be a close meet at state,” Cortez said. “I’ve got two weeks to work out harder and get ready. I’ll be ready.”