STEPHENVILLE – A handful of records went down and over 6.4 tons went up for Glen Rose on Saturday in Stephenville at its last open powerlifting meet of the season. It is now a waiting game to see how many boys qualified for the Regional tournament with one week of meets remaining before the cutoff date.
Freshman Tatum Stegint was the lone Lady Tiger to qualify for the girl’s March 5 Regional tournament but has elected to stick with softball that weekend and will not participate in the meet. Stegint finished her maiden campaign with a 10th place finish in what coach Terry Harlin said was the team’s toughest meet. Her 655-pound total and 130-pound bench press on Saturday are both new school records in the 181-pound class.
Staying with the girls, Alexus Clifton and Page Green set new school records in the bench press, deadlift and overall totals for the 148 and 132-pound weight class, respectively.
Clifton finished the day in ninth place in her class with school record lifts of 100 pounds and 250 pounds in the bench press and deadlift to go with her 175-pound squat for a 525-pound total. Green compiled new school records of 105 pounds on the bench press and 280 pounds in the deadlift to go with her 185-pound squat for a new school record 570-pound total and fifth-place finish.
Antonia Diaz was the only other Lady Tiger powerlifter to crack the top-10, as her 210-pound squat, 90-pound bench and 235-pound deadlift for a 535-pound total were good enough for ninth place in the 123-pound class.
On the boys’ side, Cesar Herrera picked up his third Outstanding Lifter title and broke two of his previous school records on his way to a first-place finish in the 148-pound class. Herrera’s 475-pound squat and 1,210-pound total were the highlights and records on his day, and combined with a 256-pound lift on the bench press and impressive 470-pound deadlift.
Tate Swearengin and Matt Willis also set new school highs in their respective weight classes. Swearengin’s 280-pound bench in the 181-pound class etched his name on the Tigers’ big board and he finished with 1,015-pound total and 10th place position. Willis cranked out a team-high-540 pounds in the deadlift to highlight his fifth place finish and 1,305-pound total in the 242-pound class.
Although he did not set any new marks – partly because he has already bested his previous records over the last three meets, Braxton Barrios used lifts of 540, 325, and 500 pounds in the squat, bench press and deadlift for a team-high 1,365 pounds and the Tigers’ only other first-place medal.
Yuri White’s 1,135-pound total was good enough for sixth place in the 220-pound class, Nick Lara’s 1,035 pounds placed him in ninth in the same class, and Dillon Graves pumped out 805 pounds for the team’s final top-10 finish.
Coach Harlin and company will have to wait until Monday, Feb. 29 to learn the fate of the Tigers and their Regional dreams. The boys’ regional is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at Waco Robinson High School.