Four Waxahachie powerlifters are headed to the state championships after finishing in the top-two of their respective regional weight classes. Caleb High, the lone Indian to qualify, also made a little history in the process.
Lady Indians Natalie McBride and Mariah Carter both sit atop their class in Region 3 Division 1 after winning their respective weight divisions at the regional meet held March 1 at the Pirate Center on the campus of Pine Tree High School.
McBride finished with a 785-pound three-lift total in the 148-pound class, while Mariah Carter — who is the daughter of a former-Indian powerlifter and record holder, TJ Carter — finished with an 815-pound three-lift total in the 259-pound class.
Sage Simmons finished second at the regional meet, recording lifts of 400 pounds on squat, 180 pounds on bench and 350 in the deadlift (930 total) in the 198-pound class.
Simmons currently sits ninth in her weight class, while both McBride and Carter are outside of the top-15.
As a team, the Lady Indians finished third in the region with 20 points. Longview Pine Tree finished first with 35 points, and Midlothian recorded 24 points for a second-place finish.
Other Lady Indians who competed in the regional meet included Devan Andrews (5th), Avery Malesky (SC), Beatriz Garcia (9th), Jeanette Dycus (8th), Anna Wess (6th), Alana Saunders (DQ), and Alani Diaz (9th)
The Texas High School Women's Powerlifting Association state championships begin with weigh-ins Thursday and Friday evening, with the competition starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco.
In the boys' meet, High stole the show. The senior set a new regional total-weight record in the 220-pound class with a 1,650-pound three-lift mark.
Who previously held the record? None other than TJ Carter, whose daughter is Lady Indian powerlifter, Mariah Carter. Carter set the record in 1996.
High also broke Carter's school record in the deadlift during the annual Forney Jackrabbit Invitational.
High recorded a 635-pound squat, 375-pound bench press, and 640-pound deadlift to move into third-place in the state rankings. His 1,650-pound total is just 15 pounds behind Federico Ruiz Jr (Corpus Christi Calallen) and 50 pounds shy of Christian Oviedo (Victoria East).
Additional Indian powerlifters who competed in the regional meet included Junior Chavez (5th), Emilio Carrillo (6th), Tony De La Cruz (DQ) Jaden Basham (10th), Bryan Mendez (9th), Matthew Rolen (5th), Alejandro Moreno (8th), Tanner Mitchell (9th), and Denton Ross (10th).
As a team, the Iron Indians finished eighth with nine points. Other Ellis County schools that competed in the Region 3 meet held March 3 at Lindale High School included Ennis (4th), Midlothian (6th) and Red Oak (17th).
High will compete in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state boys' championship Saturday, March 24 in Abilene.