Three school records were set while seven lifters claimed first place for the Waxahachie “Iron” Indians in the Highland Park Scot Classic powerlifting meet Saturday to help the team finish first overall.
Gennard Johnson broke Waxahachie High School records in the 275-plus weight class with lifts of 600 pounds in the squat and deadlift while Dustin Upchurch broke the 242-pound squat lift at 580 pounds while Craig Renfro set a squat record of 515 pounds in the 181-pound class.
“After all the snow and ice melted away we finally got back into the arena and started pounding out big numbers,” Waxahachie coach Rocky Robinson said. “Our goal for the meet was to get our game plan ready for the regional meet in Lindale on March 5. Despite finishing first we also broke some school records on the day which really motivates our guys to perform even better.”
Pete Rios, Larkin Alexander, Renfro, Bryan Randall, Upchurch, Ben Davis and Johnson all placed first in their respective divisions while Rene Zavala placed fifth in the 220-pound class. Tyron Davis and Yousef Mywaquet each placed sixth.
Rios was first in the 114-pound class with a total lift of 670 pounds. He squatted 275, benched 145 and deadlifted 250.
Alexander was first in the 132-pound class with a total lift of 1,030 pounds. The returning state qualifier benched 255, deadlifted 385 and squatted 390.
Renfro was first in the 181-pound class with a total lift of 1,280 pounds.
He blew away the competition in the squat with his school record lift while benching 275 and deadlifting 490. His squat total was 55 pounds better than second place.
Randall easily won the 220-pound class with a lift total of 1,440 pounds. Second place finished 65 pounds behind as Randall squatted 540, benched 360 and deadlifted 540.
Upchurch beat his closest opponent by more than 100 pounds as he totaled 1,380 in the 242-pound class and second came in at 1,250. The Waxahachie senior squatted 580, benched 300 and deadlifted 500.
Davis was first in the 275-pound class with a lift total of 1,365 pound as he squatted 575, benched 280 and deadlifted 510.
Johnson also beat his closest opponent by 100 pounds as he finished the super heavy weight division with a total lift of 1,515 pounds.
He had the highest squat and deadlift total of any division in the meet at 600 pounds while benching 315.
Johnson and Randall had the top-two lift totals in the meet out of any division while Upchurch was fourth and Davis was sixth.
The only team from Region III in the meet, Waxahachie placed first overall with 50 points while Region VI’s Bishop Lynch was second with 43 points.
Cedar Hill, Carrollton Ranchview, Garland Rowlett, Highland Park, Coppell, Oakridge, Dallas Jesuit, John Paul II, J.J. Pearce and Berkner rounded out the field.
With today’s final qualifier meet in Ennis still to go several of the Waxahachie lifters look to be in a good position to advance to the Region III meet in Lindale on Saturday, March 5.
Rios is second in the region 114-pound class according to Texas High School Powerlifting Association while Alexander is second in the 132-pound class.
Randall is first in the region in the 220-pound class while Upchurch is second in the 242 class and Johnson is second in the super heavy weight division.