With the powerlifting regular season winding down, Glen Rose standouts are focused on securing their regional meet berths.
Glen Rose went to Godley on Saturday and had five lifters win first place, as the Tigers seized second place as a team and the Lady Tigers placed fifth.
“We took 20 boys to the meet this weekend – the most we’ve taken to a meet all year,” said coach Terry Harlin. “Everyone competed their hardest, as we were trying to get several lifters closer to qualifying for the regional meet.”
In the 114-pound class, Antonio Ponce squatted 275 pounds, bench pressed 135 pounds and dead lifted 320 pounds for a total of 730 pounds to finish second. Other Tigers in the weight class included Azahel Herrera (250-175-280-705) finishing third and Cesar Herrera (240-135-225-600) placing fourth. Ponce currently stands fifth in the region, while Azahel Herrera is seventh.
In the 132-pound class, Carlin Linnabery (350-200-335-885) finished first on Saturday. Linnabery is currently tied for 10th in the region.
In the 148-pound class, Josh Beasley (405-245-450-1,100) won first at the meet and was named Outstanding Lightweight Lifter. Beasley is currently ranked fourth in the region. Also competing in the 148-pound class, Nathan Smith (350-210-385-945) finished third and Jacob Locke (305-160-320-785) took sixth.
“Josh obviously had a good day,” Harlin said.
In the 165-pound class, Hunter Redmond (405-230-450-1,085) finished first.
In the 198-pound class, Braxton Barrios (430-245-360-1,035) finished fifth.
In the 220-pound class, Heath Nicholson (505-220-535-1,255) took third, Ace Navarrete (480-280-460-1,220) finished fourth, Dawson Matheny (430-300-430-1,160) took fifth, Miguel Barraza (405-250-380-1,035) finished seventh and Drannon Brewer (375-200-385-960) took eighth.
In the 275-pound class, Jared Thames (675-460-600-1,735) won first place and currently stands first in the region by 160 pounds. Thames was named Outstanding Heavyweight Lifter at the meet.
“Jared will not lift (Thursday) in Meridian, as he seems to be in great shape as far as qualifying for the regional meet,” Harlin said. “He had his best total ever – including his total at state last season – and he’s still got some left in the tank. I’m excited and anxious to see what he does at the regional meet.”
In the super heavyweight class, Colton Schroeder (420-300-400-1,120) placed third.
As for the Lady Tigers, all four individuals finished in fifth place or higher.
“It was another great day for the girls,” Harlin said. “All four of them brought home a medal and everyone but Madison (Baker) finished with their best total of the season. I’m very proud of their accomplishments and efforts this year.”
In the 148-pound class, Baker (220-80-230-530) finished second. In the 165-pound class, Mackenzie Dahl (230-105-280-615) took second and Ariana Ramos (205-85-210-515) placed fifth. Dahl is currently 10th in the region.
In the 220-plus class, Genesis Funez (285-140-275-700) finished first on Saturday. Funez is currently tied for ninth in the region.
“Mackenzie and Genesis made school history by being the first-ever girls to qualify for the regional powerlifting meet,” Harlin said. “I’m super-proud of them both; this just shows that hard work really pays off.”
The girls’ regional meet is on March 2 in Gatesville.
The final chance for the boys to qualify for regionals will be on Thursday in Meridian.
“We will be taking 12 lifters to Meridian in hopes of qualifying as many as possible for the regional meet,” Harlin said.