On Thursday, a number of Tiger powerlifters headed to Meridian with their last opportunity to qualify for regionals.
Seven Tigers managed to qualify for the regional meet in West on March 9. There were no team places in Meridian and it was only for male lifters, as Lady Tigers Mackenzie Dahl and Genesis Funez qualified for regionals the previous week.
In the 114-pound class, Antonio Ponce finished second with a squat of 285 pounds, a bench press of 135 pounds and a dead lift of 330 pounds for a total of 750 pounds. He currently stands fourth in the region and will advance.
Azahel Herrera (250-180-285-715) finished third in the class, while Cody Halcom (230-120-250-600) and Cesar Herrera (240-140-250-630) also participated for the Tigers. Azahel Herrera stands sixth in the region and he will advance.
“Cesar didn't advance, but credit him for improving his total,” Harlin said.
In the 132-pound class, Carlin Linnabery (350-200-300-850) finished second. He stands ninth in the region and will advance.
In the 148-pound class, Josh Beasley (415-220-445-1,075) placed second. Beasley stands fifth in the region and will advance.
In the 165-pound class, Hunter Redmond (380-235-430-1,045) and Trevor Crawford (360-235-400-995) both competed. With a season-best total of 1,085 pounds, Redmond stands 10th in the region and will advance.
"Crawford did a good job to improve his total," the coach said.
In the 220-pound class, Heath Nicholson (530-240-550-1,320) finished second. Ace Navarrete (460-285-465-1,210) also competed. Nicholson stands ninth in the region and will advance.
In the super heavyweight class, Colton Schroeder (450-300-430-1,180) finished fifth.
“Colton won't make it to regionals, but I was pleased to see him improve his total,” Harlin said.
Although Jared Thames didn’t lift, he has been a shoe-in for the regional meet since his first total was established this season. Thames is headed to regionals ranked first in the 275-pound class.
"We feel like qualifying seven guys is a strong representation of our program," Harlin said. "Each lifter that qualified has worked really hard this season to get where he's at. It's not by accident or luck that they qualified, and we're going to keep getting better and stronger over the next couple of weeks to put ourselves in the best position possible to medal at the regional meet with each guy who has qualified. We feel like each lifter that made it has the potential to get higher totals in each individual lift, as well as their overall total, and if we do that we should be in good shape."