David Bickerstaff, a sergeant with the Ellis County Sherrif’s Office, participated in the Texas Police Games in Houston earlier this month and came away with several medals.
This was the third time Bickerstaff had attended the Texas Police Games, but the first time he ventured outside of powerlifting.
He took first place in the bench press competition with a max lift of 374.78 in his final attempt.
While he has become accustomed to placing in the lifting competitions, Bickerstaff was not prepared for how well he and Ja’Qualyn Mitchell, a detention officer with the Sherrif’s Department, would fare in the running events.
The pair teamed with two runners from Denton County to place fourth out of six teams in the 400m Relay with a time of 52.85.
In the individual running events, Bickerstaff finished second in the 100m race with a time of 12.40 seconds. Mitchell, making his first appearance at the Texas Police Games, finished fourth with a time of 13.20.
In their final race, the 200m race, Bickerstaff finished third with a time of 26 seconds while Mitchell was fourth with a time of 26.10.
“I never thought I would have done that well,” Bickerstaff said. “I was completely surprised.”
The Texas Police Games were just the latest competition Bickerstaff participated in.
Last November he competed at the World Association of Bench Pressers and Dead Lifters World Championships in Las Vegas.
In the dead lift, Bickerstaff finished third out of eight lifters with a weight of 562 in the Class I Men’s Division.
In the Class I Men’s Division bench press, Bickersatff was seventh out of 15. He was only 5.5 pounds from tieing for fifth.
In the Law/Fire Open Men’s Division dead lift, Bickerstaff finished second with 562, blowing by the third place finisher by 33 pounds.
In the Law/Fire Open Men’s Division bench press, he finished fourth with a weight of 402.2.