Glen Rose High School senior powerlifter Hayden Shaw qualified to compete in the Class 4A boys state meet with his performance Saturday in the Region 2-4A meet held at Smithville High School, winning the super-heavyweight class.

Shaw lifted a total of 1,515 pounds, including 20 more pounds in the deadlift (580) than his previous best mark in that event.

Hayden’s lift in the squat competition was 620 pounds. He had 315 pounds in the bench press and 580 pounds in the deadlift.

“Hayden’s strength lies in his squat but on Saturday he was in fourth place going into the deadlift,” GRHS powerlifting coach Terry Harlin said. “Hayden deadlifted 20 more pounds than he ever had previously to win the championship.”

Hayden stated that although he will face “stiff competition” at the state meet, Shaw has a chance of medaling.

“He will prepare extremely well over the next couple of weeks,” Harlin said.

Also for the Tigers, Jojo Talavera competed in the 123-pound weight class, recording his best squat (260), bench (135) and overall total (645) of the year.

“The exceptional thing about Jojo accomplishing this is that he is only a freshman,” Harlin said.

The other GRHS qualifier among the boys, Zach Powell, had “a frustrating day” and did not place in his 242-pound weight class.

“Nonetheless, Zach had a very successful powerlifting season in qualifying for regionals, setting personal bests in each lift and his overall total, and in placing in the top two in each invitational meet of the season,” Harlin said.  

Shaw will compete in the state meet on Saturday, March 23, at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.

 Rose High School senior powerlifter Hayden Shaw qualified to compete in the Class 4A boys state meet with his performance Saturday in the Region 2-4A meet held at Smithville High School, winning the super-heavyweight class.

Shaw lifted a total of 1,515 pounds, including 20 more pounds in the deadlift (580) than his previous best mark in that event.

Hayden’s lift in the squat competition was 620 pounds. He had 315 pounds in the bench press and 580 pounds in the deadlift.

“Hayden’s strength lies in his squat but on Saturday he was in fourth place going into the deadlift,” GRHS powerlifting coach Terry Harlin said. “Hayden deadlifted 20 more pounds than he ever had previously to win the championship.”

Hayden stated that although he will face “stiff competition” at the state meet, Shaw has a chance of medaling.

“But he will prepare extremely well over the next couple of weeks,” Harlin said.

Also for the Tigers, Jojo Talavera competed in the 123-pound weight class, recording his best squat (260), bench (135) and overall total (645) of the year.

“The exceptional thing about Jojo accomplishing this is that he is only a freshman,” Harlin said.

The other GRHS qualifier among the boys, Zach Powell, had “a frustrating day” and did not place in his 242-pound weight class.

“Nonetheless, Zach had a very successful powerlifting season in qualifying for regionals, setting personal bests in each lift and his overall total, and in placing in the top two in each invitational meet of the season,” Harlin said.

Shaw will compete in the state meet on Saturday, March 23 at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.