The 2017 Glen Rose High School powerlifting season got underway Saturday, winning the boys team championship at Dublin Powerlifting Invitational.

Terry Harlin, who coaches the GRHS boys and girls powerlifters along with Curtis Lowery, said the boys team topped the field of 15 schools despite the fact that its top two lifters, Matthew Willis and Justin Huckabee, were unavailable to compete.

Dillon Graves was named as the meet’s outstanding lifter in the lightweight division (165 pounds and under), Harlin said.

“He exceeded expectations for all three lifts,” Harlin stated. “We took a bunch of young freshmen, and even some sophomores who had never lifted (in competition). They competed real well. They got some valid experience.

Technically, the Tigers tied Dublin in points, but Glen Rose took the title based on having more first-place finishers, Harlin said. Comanche was third in the boys division. The Glen Rose girls team placed ninth among the 15 teams, but competed with only seven lifters compared to the usual 12-member squad.

Last year for the Tigers, Caesar Hererra won the state championship in the Division III (Class 3A and below) 148-pound class. Hererra graduated in May, but Harlin said his accomplishment could help inspire some of the younger competitors on this year’s squad.

“I think so, absolutely,” Harlin said. “It kind of carries on from class to class. They see what other kids have done and it helps them want to reach their personal best as well.”

Harlin said all of this year’s girls team members have competitive experience, and is “seeing them grow and get better and improve.”

Three of the GRHS girls placed in the top five at Dublin.

“Everybody was in the top 10 at Dublin,” Harlin said. “Four broke school records.”

Graves won his weight class, as did Max Lauderdale and Nic Lara among the boys. For the GRHS girls, the top finisher was Tatum Stegint who was second in her division.

Stegint and Isela Delgado set GRHS girls records for their weight divisions. Delgado’s performance included girls school records in deadlift and squat. Sidney Garcia set a girls school mark in squat for her weight class, as did Stegint in the deadlift. Alexis Norman set a girls school record in deadlift for her class.

Harlin, in his 10th season of coaching powerlifting at GRHS, sounded optimistic about this season’s outlook.

“I think we can definitely get a good handful of boys move up to regeional, and maybe a couple of girls,” he said.

Last season, both Willis and Huckabee qualified for regional and medaled there, Harlin noted.

“They have a taste and they know what it takes to get to the next level,” Harlin said.

The next meet for the Tigers and Lady Tigers will be this Saturday in Comanche, starting at 9 a.m. After a week off, the teams will host the Glen Rose Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Powerlifting is not a UIL-sanctioned sport, so there is no district competition. Individuals qualify to advance to the regional meet if they have a lift that ranks among the top 12 in their weight class.

Dublin Powerlifting Invitational

BOYS

Julian Talavera, 123-pound class — second place (570 total).

Dillon Graves, 132-pound class — first place (890 total).

Max Lauderdale, 148-pound class — first place (895 total)

Jacob Merril, 148-pound class — eighth place ((750 total).

Christian Moseley, 148-pound class — ninth place (715 total).

Braylen Meador, 148-pound class — 11th place (680 total).

Jose Zavala, 165-pound class — 14th place (660 total).

Grant McGarity, 198-pound class — eighth place (795 total).

Jonah Wilson, 220-pound class — fifth place (1,040 total).

Tanner Stroud, 220-pound class — eighth place (1,000 total).

Tony Ramos, 220-pound class — 14th place (670 total).

Jacob Pena, 220-pound class — 17th place (660 total).

Nic Lara, 243-pound class — first place (1,115 total).

Hayden Shaw, 275-pound class — sixth place (1,025 total).

Cole Evert, superheavyweight class — fourth place (875 total).

GIRLS

Alexis Norman, 114-pound class — fourth place (420 total).

Antonia Diaz, 123-pound class — eighth place (515 total).

Sandy Delgado, 123-pound class — 10th place (450 total).

Isela Delgado, 165-pound class — fifth place (530 total; school record).

Sidney Garcia, 165-pound class — sixth place (515 total).

Marissa Cantu, 165-pound class — seventh place (490 total).

Tatum Stegint, 198-pound class — second place (655 total; school record).