The Melissa High School powerlifting team wrapped up their regular season schedule last weekend. Both the boys’ and girls’ powerlifting teams had a successful final meet that saw numerous personal records and a new school record.
The boys finished fifth out of 12 teams at the Paris Wildcat Invitational, led by Ja’Bray Young, Omar Villegas, and Brian Blackwell.
Young broke a Melissa High School record with a squat of 575 lbs. He also went on to bench press 300 lbs. and deadlift 450 lbs. He finished second in the 220 lb. weight class with an overall total of 1,325 lbs.
Villegas had a squat of 385 lbs., a bench of 230 lbs., and a deadlift of 400 lbs. His total weight was 1,015 lbs., which earned him a second place finish in the 148 lb. weight class.
Blackwell finished second in the Super Heavyweight class with a squat of 525 lbs., a bench of 290 lbs., and a deadlift of 415 lbs. His overall total was 1,230 lbs.
The girls finished in third place out of 12 teams and were led by Natalia Cox, Natalie Courtney, and Jaclyn Rodgers.
Cox won the gold in her weight class with a squat of 290 lbs., a bench of 140 lbs., and a deadlift of 255 lbs. Her overall total was 685 lbs.
Courtney finished second in her weight class with a total of 630 lbs. She finished the day with a squat of 235 lbs., a bench of 110 lbs., and a deadlift of 285 lbs.
Girls’ regional qualifiers include Natalia Cox, Natalie Courtney, and Jaclyn Rodgers. They compete at the regional powerlifting meet next Tuesday, Feb. 27 in Anna.
Boys’ regional qualifiers include Josh Hathorn, Perry Simpson, Omar Villegas, Ja’Bray Young, and Brian Blackwell. They compete in the regional powerlifting meet on March 10 in Weatherford.
Jaclyn finished second in her weight class with a total of 915 lbs. She finished with a squat of 385 lbs., a bench of 180 lbs., and a deadlift of 350 lbs.
“Overall it has been a successful season for the Melissa High School boys’ and girls’ powerlifting teams,” said coach Jacob Alford. “This group has made tremendous strides throughout the season. It has been fun watching these kids learn what it truly means to work hard, and that the work can be fun when you have the proper attitude.”
Coach Josh Gilbert added, “They are a great example of what TPW (tough people win) means throughout our entire athletic program.”
Contributor: Jacob Alford
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