The boys and girls Indians teams finished in first place during Saturday’s North Forney Invitational at North Forney High School, marking the second straight top finish for the boys and the first for the girls.

The Indians saw 10 of their 11 boy powerlifters place in the top three in six weight classes and eight of its 11 girls placed 10th or higher in their respective weight classes.

“In our previous meet, the girls missed pacing by one point. That was our motivation to improve,” said Casey Kjos, the Indians assistant head powerlifting coach. “That’s always our goal, to improve and place as a team in every meet. The girls did a great job following the goals we set for each of them and they stuck to the plan.”

The boys were led in the squat and deadlift by sophomore bench press Nick Stewart. Caleb High placed first in the 220-pound weight class, recording lifts of 550 and 540 pounds.

Stewart wasn’t far behind, placing second in the same weight class and recording lifts of 520, 345 and 510 pounds in the squat, bench press and deadlift events.

“I’m very proud of the progress that our team is making, we beat a lot of good teams on Saturday, but we can’t let up now,” said Iron Indians head coach Rocky Robinson. “We have to continue our pursuit to the regional meet.”

Karizma Alexander led the girls in all three categories, finishing with a 330-pound squat, 135-pound bench press and 340-pound deadlift in the 220-pound weight class.

She was one of two first-place finishes and one of five top-five finishes.

Marigrace Coleman’s 480 total pounds earned her first place in the 114-pound classification and Sharie Johnson and Ashton Strange placed second in the 123-pound weight class.

Fre’Kelle Rouse and Alexandria De La Cruz rounded out the list of top-five athletes in the 198- and 181-pound classifications.

“All 11 of our girls set personal records in all lifts,” he continued. “We’re very proud of their effort and work ethic, especially since we strive to improve, regardless of whether you’re the first place winner or not quite there yet.”