Nine of the strongest high school athletes in Ellis County will converge on the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene Saturday for the Texas High School Powerlifters Association’s state championships.

Waxahachie leads Ellis County with four representatives at the state meet while Midlothian, Maypearl, Red Oak, Ennis and Palmer each have one lifter competing.

Waxahachie, Red Oak, Midlothian and Ennis will compete in Division I against other Class 4A-5A schools while Maypearl and Palmer will compete in Division III against other Class 2A-A schools.

Pete Rios will represent the Indians in the 114-pound class as the 28th seed with a qualifying lift total of 715 pounds. Larkin Alexander is the ninth seed in the 132-pound class with a lift total of 1,045 pounds while the top seed has a lift total of 1,275.

Waxahachie lifter Bryan Randall is the seventh seed in the 220-pound class with a total lift of 1,450 while the top seed is 1,755. Waxahachie’s final lifter is Gennard Johnson in the super heavy weight division. He is the 11th seed with a lift total of 1,495.

Vinson Sellars represents Midlothian in the meet in the 148-pound class and is the sixth seed with a lift total of 1,225 while the top seed’s total is 1,330.

Ennis’ Boston Prachyl is the 21st seed in the 198-pound class while Red Oak’s Blake Mirowitz is the 11th seed in the 123-pound class.

Palmer’s Alan Harden is the highest seed in the meet from Ellis County as he is fourth in the Division III 198-pound class with a lift total of 1,390. The top seed Harden will be after has a mark of 1,670.

Maypearl’s Blake Lehew is the final Ellis County lifter and is the 12th seed in the 148-pound D-III class with a qualifying lift total of 1,090.

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