Glen Rose High School senior Hayden Shaw earned eighth place Saturday in the superheavyweight class in the Class 4A boys state powerlifting meet at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.
Shaw lifted a total of 1,515 pounds on the day, including personal-records in the squat (660 pounds) and bench press (330 pounds) events. His deadlift was 525 pounds.
GRHS head powerlifting coach Terry Harlin said that it was a good day for Shaw, competing against an “extremely tough” field of competitors.
“There were some big bodies throwing around some big weight today,” Harlin said, adding that the superheavyweight competitors there turned in several 600-pound-plus squats and even one 800-pound plus squat. “It was an accomplishment in itself in making it to the grandest stage in this sport and even more to complete well and hold his own!”
Shaw, who is 6-3 and weighs 285 pounds, was also a standout for the Tigers in football as a three-year starter on the offensive line. After the 2018 season, Shaw was voted as the Lineman of the Year by the District 4-4A coaches, and signed to play football at NCAA Division I school McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
“Coach (Casey) Alexander and I are extremely proud of what Hayden accomplished not only today but also this powerlifting season and throughout his entire high school sports career," Harlin said. "We appreciate Hayden setting the bar high for our the future of our program."