Powerlifting teams place at Salado meet

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The Panther powerlifting team took third place at a meet at Salado on Feb. 6. From left are Jared Tippie, Kyle Huppee, Kody Knowles, Bailey Cloughly, Landry Bolin, Van Shamblin, Andy Becker, Dakota Corbut, Justin Montgomery, Colton Cunningham and Lakota Lawrence. Not pictured are Payton Melcher and Justin Wilson. (Courtesy Photo)

The Panther powerlifting team took third place at a meet at Salado on Feb. 6. From left are Jared Tippie, Kyle Huppee, Kody Knowles, Bailey Cloughly, Landry Bolin, Van Shamblin, Andy Becker, Dakota Corbut, Justin Montgomery, Colton Cunningham and Lakota Lawrence. Not pictured are Payton Melcher and Justin Wilson. (Courtesy Photo)

The Panthers powerlifting team earned a bronze medal, while the Lady Panthers took fifth place at a meet at Salado on Saturday.

“As a team, the meet was a very competitive meet, not real big, but filled with quality teams,” said head coach Robert Draper.

“Individually, I think the results speak for themselves.”

Leading the boys was Dakota Corbut, who got first place in his weight class with a total weight of 1,550 pounds, and Andy Becker, who got second place with 1,135 pounds.

Payton Melcher got third place with 570 pounds, Van Shamblin got third place in 1,285, Kody Knowles got third place with 1,090 pounds, Bailey Cloughly got third place with 1,345 pounds and Jared Tippie got third place with 1,065 pounds.

Kyle Huppee took fourth place with 1,265 pounds, Landry Bolin took sixth place with 930 pounds and Lakota Lawrence took seventh place with 925 pounds.

Justin Wilson finished with 670 pounds.

On the girls’ side, Allie Child took first place 855 pounds. Hannah Smith got third place with 550 pounds.

Amanda Mena took fourth place with 725 pounds and Kristin Cox got fifth place with 660 pounds.

Mikayla Ortiz took sixth place with 520 pounds, Charlotte Wall finished in seventh place with 515 pounds and Anavellan Rasbury took 10th place with 480 pounds.

“After our last meet, I told the lifters that we had two weeks of hard work before the Salado meet. I believe that the Salado meet results show the lifters how important that hard work was. We made some huge improvements on our totals,” Draper said.

“And now, some of our top lifters have some totals that rank them not only in the top of the region, but some of the best in Texas. Now we have some more time to keep getting stronger so we can earn some medals at the regional meet and qualify for state.”

For the Lady Panthers, the regional powerlifting meet will be held March 3 at Academy, while the Panthers’ regional meet will be held at Robinson on March 12.

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