CEDAR HILL A pair of Midlothian Panther lifters picked up medal finishes over the weekend as the boys powerlifting squad claimed fifth as a team at the Cedar Hill Invitational.

Jerrod King won the 181-pound class with a combined lift of 1,305 pounds. He squatted 500 pounds, by far the most of any other lifter in his class. Cale Gilley of Kennedale was next with 460. His 340 pounds on the bench press were also tops in the class while his 465-pound deadlift was second to teammate Justin Seeton. Seeton finished in third with a combined weight of 1,140 pounds.

The other top finisher was 275-pound entrant Heath Lemoine. The senior finished with the top weight lifted in both the squat (600 pounds) and bench press (405) by a wide margin. His squat lift was 25 pounds better than his next competitor while his bench press was 50 pounds better.

For the event, Midlothian brought home four medals with King, Seeton, Lemoine and Kameron Hook each placing top five in their respective classes. Hook finished fourth in the 114 division with a combined lift of 605 pounds.

Those 19 points helped Midlothian claim fifth place as a team, just two points behind Justin Northwest. Host team Cedar Hill took the top spot with 41 points. The Panthers were the highest finishing team from Region 3 while the five teams ahead of them were from Region 6.

Lady Panthers

A trio of Lady Panther lifters claimed first place finishes at the Cedar Hill Invitational last week as the team earned a second place overall finish with six total medalists.

Lilly Escamillia (114-pound class), Stephanie Horton (148-pound class) and Lexi Ball (105-pound class) each finished as the top lifter in her respective divisions. Ball was the big winner over the event, bringing home outstanding lifter honors in her division for the third straight meet.

Other medalists included Shaddai Ross (third place), Alex Crannell (fifth place) and Kristine Robinson (fourth place). It was the second straight meet for the Lady Panthers with a second place team finish.