Even while higher-profile sports like basketball and soccer roll on, the high school powerlifting season is into full swing, albeit more under the radar.
Moody and Hillsboro High Schools both hosted meets last weekend, with dozens of Central Texas athletes taking part.
At the seventh annual Moody Invitational, the Robinson boys took the team title with 34 points, while Crawford was second at 28 and Connally third with 27.
Bosqueville’s Trent Andrews tallied the most total weight at the meet, lifting 1,525 pounds in the three disciplines — squat, bench press and dead lift. Connally’s Marcus Robinson won the super heavyweight division at 1,385 pounds, while another Cadet lifter, Chris Robinson, produced the best bench press of the day at 350 pounds on his way to winning the 275-pound division.
On the girls’ side, La Vega’s Janay Willis lifted the most total weight at 860 pounds, and also had the best squat and dead lift. Bosqueville’s Rebecca Garrett recorded the top bench press with a 150-pound lift.
Moody’s girls defended their home turf and won the team title with 37 points, followed by Connally in second at 24.
At the Hillsboro Powerlifting Meet, Whitney’s Jessie Wilson stole the show by lifting a meet-best 1,600-pound total. Wilson, who set the Division III state record in the bench press last year at 500 pounds, powered up 600 pounds in the squat, 430 in the bench and 570 in the dead lift.
Glen Rose claimed the team title in Hillsboro with 43 points, followed by Waxahachie (28), Whitney (24) and West (22).
The Hillsboro girls came in first, thanks to four lifters finishing first in their respective divisions —Doynelia Hughes, McKensie Piar, Ithzel Gonzales and Susie Perez.
The powerlifting season will culminate with the state meets in March. The Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association meet will be March 14-15 in Corpus Christi, while the THSPA meet is slated for March 22 in Abilene.