WHITNEY – The Glen Rose powerlifting team hit the road over the weekend for its third meet of the season and continued to stack on the weight.
In the boys’ division, the Tigers notched their first overall first-place finish of the season behind six top-three finishes.
“We saw some different schools being in a different neck of the woods,” coach Terry Harlin said, “but I think it was the best competition we have seen from top to bottom with some of those Waco schools.
“We also took a couple kids who hadn’t gone before. It was Justin Huckabee’s first time going and it was good to see him get second. The sky's really the limit with him and his talent, but all the kids overall are working hard and improving from week to week.
Braxton Barrios, 220-pound class, took home the lone first place medal with lifts of 525, 310 and 500 pounds in the squat, bench and deadlifts to tie Matt Willis for a team-high 1,335 total.
“Braxton just continues to work hard is really a leader by example,” Harlin said. “He has a great attitude and this success didn’t come by accident. His showing was the culmination of four years of hard work and that is why he is where he is and can continue to stack more weight onto his total. He is looking pretty good as far as qualifying for regionals and we hope he can go further.”
Willis finished second in his class and was joined by Cesar Herrera and first-time competitor, Huckabee as the team’s three second-place medalists.
“Matt has been tearing it up,” Harlin said. “He had 12,65 [pounds] for a total last week, which was actually down a little from the first week, but this week he had an outstanding week and went back up to 1,335. He also set his own personal record in squat and deadlift.”
“Cesar had a down day for his standards, but he finished second to a guy from a bigger school than us, so it was good for him to see some competition like that.”
Glenn Gent finished third in the 114-pound class and Tate Swearengin placed third in the 181-pound class to round out the Tigers in the top-three.
On the girls’ side, Tatum Stegint, Antonia Diaz and Alexus Clifton all either broke or tied school records for their respective weight classes.
“The girls had a lot going on this weekend with two girls playing softball and another in a band competition, but nonetheless they still competed real well,” Harlin said. “All of the girls are still improving from week to week.”
One week after breaking school records in the deadlift and over total for the 198-pound class, Stegint tied the school record in the bench press with a 230-pound lift on her way to a second-place finish.
“Tatum went down a little bit with her overall total from last week when she broke the school records, but the sky is still the limit with her,” Harlin said. “She is a little all over the place with softball, but she has been doing real well for us this year.”
Diaz’s fourth-place finish in the 123-pound class was highlighted by her school record-tying 210-pound squat. Clifton set two school records in the 148-pound class with a 95-pound bench press and 240-pound deadlift.
The Glen Rose powerlifting team will return to the action on Thursday, Feb. 25 in Meridian.