Caleb High is having a powerlifting season for the record books. The Waxahachie senior is also rewriting those pages 21 years after their first publication.
High is also positioned for a shot at the state championship in the 220-pound weight class. He and the Indian powerlifters recently finished the regular season by winning the 11th annual Jackrabbit Invitational hosted Feb. 17 by Forney High School. A total of 218 lifters competed.
High finished the meet with a 1,600-pound total after his three lifts — all of which were new season bests. He tallied 610 pounds inside the squat rack, pushed out 370 pounds on bench press and broke a 21-year-old school record previously held by TJ Carter with 620 pounds on the deadlift.
His 1,600-pound total is currently fourth in the state behind Paul Sanchez of Hutto (1,605), Federico Ruiz Jr of Corpus Christi Calallen (1,665) and Victoria East's Christian Ovideo (1,700). High is also 35 pounds clear of Buda Hays' Rick Reyes, who sits in fifth place in the state in the 220-pound class with a three-lift total of 1,565 pounds.
As a team in Forney, Waxahachie finished two points ahead of second-place Argyle, 21-19. Mabank finished third with 17 points and Royse City was fourth with 14.
Matthew Rolen also finished atop his class in the Forney mee with a 1,275-pound three-lift total in the 198-pound class. Junior Chavez (114-pound class, 755-pound total) and Tony De La Cruz (123-pound class, 870-pound total) both finished third. Emilio Carrillo (5th, 114-pound class), Alejandro Moreno (6th, 242-pound class), Denton Ross (7th, 275-pound class), Anthony Martinez (10th, 165-pound class) and Jaydon Bashum (11th, 148-pound class) also performed well.
Other Ellis County teams included Red Oak (13th) and Ferris (20th).
The Indians who qualified return to action March 3 for the regional meet in Lindale. In total, 10 Indians have qualified for the regional meet.