Pound for pound, Caleb High is one of the strongest Indians ever to walk the halls of Waxahachie High School.
And, on Saturday afternoon at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, High had a silver medal draped around his neck after finishing second in the 5A Texas High School Powerlifting Association state championships.
The Waxahachie senior totaled 1,695 pounds on his three lifts in the 220-pound class. He posted a 670-pound squat, 385-pound bench press and 640-pound deadlift.
High was 55 pounds behind state champion Christian Oviedo of Victoria East.
High made a run at the eventual state champ, too. He was unable to lockout on a 695-pound deadlift attempt in his final lift of the state championships.
Waxahachie boys' powerlifting coach Rocky Robinson said it was both "amazing watching Caleb compete for a state championship" and "bittersweet."
"Today, I coached Caleb for the last time," Robinson said. "It was an honor to watch this young man make the state meet three straight years, take home the silver medal, win regional championships, and break school and regional records. His faith, pride in his community, and all-out love of being a Waxahachie Indian will leave a legacy for the future athletes of Waxahachie.”
High entered the final lift — the deadlift — in third place behind Oviedo (1,170) and Ryan Leal of Buda Hays (1,070) with a 1,055-pound two-lift total.
Leal finished fourth behind Port Neches-Groves' Andrew English, who entered the deadlift just five pounds behind High and finished 85 pounds shy of second place.
The performance by High also placed Waxahachie 16th out of 74 teams in Division I.
Other Ellis County lifters included:
Name | Wt. Class | Squat | Bench Press | Deadlift | Total
Zaahid Abdullah 132 370 235 385 990
Nolan Haden 148 450 285 430 1165
Isaiah Nies 181 530 300 480 1310
Jayton DeLeon 181 515 315 520 1350
Dylan Hipsman 220 600 245 600 1445
Duane Johnson 275 560 390 570 1520