Though it might be a new year for the Waxahachie Indian powerlifting team, the results are still the same: the "Iron Indians" are one of the best, strongest programs in the state.
Waxahachie took first place in the 82-lifter field of the Lindale Invitational over the weekend. The Indians tied with host Lindale with 40 points, while Troup finished in third place with 28 points.
For those new to the sport, team scores are calculated based on individual placings with first place in a weight class accounting for seven points, second for five points, third scores three points, fourth nets two points and fifth place receives one point.
Emilio Carrillo (114-pound), Caleb High (220-pound) and Tanner Mitchell (242-pound) all took first-place honors in their respective divisions.
Carrillo finished with a 635-pound total after lifts of 240, 135 and 260 on squat, bench and deadlift.
High recorded a meet-high 1,480-pound total in the 220-pound class. His total was matched by Ty McDaniel of Lindale, who also competed in the 220-pound class. High competed at 206.6 pounds, while McDaniel checked in at 217 pounds. The next closest three-lift total came from Milik Gilliam, of Troup, who recorded 1,445 pounds in his three lifts while competing in the super heavyweight class.
High posted 550, 345, and 585 pounds on the squat, bench and deadlift.
Mitchell finished with lifts of 425, 315, and 455 pounds in the squat, bench and deadlift.
Other top performers for the Indians included Junior Chavez (630 pounds, 2nd) in the 114-pound class, Matthew Rolen (1,195 pounds, 2nd) in the 198-pound class, and Jonathan McClellard (1,045 pounds, 3rd) in the super heavyweight class.
Fourth place finishers for the Indian included Bryan Mendez (1,110 pounds) in the 181-pound class, Alejandro Moreno (1,150 pounds) in the 242-pound class, and Denton Ross (1,130 pounds) in the 275-pound class. Jeremiah Lizarrage finished eighth in the 165-pound class with a 795-pound total.
The Indians return to action Saturday, Jan. 27 in a meet hosted by North Forney.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith