Como-Pickton lifters shooting for personal best at state meet
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

April 1, 2005 - COMO - For the Como-Pickton Eagles powerlifters, reaching their personal best is what the team is shooting for this weekend at the state meet at the Campbell Athletic Complex in Houston.

John Garrett, Ray Hayden and J.J. Robinson qualified for the state meet after winning the regional championship in their respective weight classes March 12 in Arp.

The team placed second at the Region III Texas High School Powerlifting Championships, with classmate Kaleb Mosley finishing in seventh place during the meet.

"I am proud of these guys because from last November they started preparing themselves for powerlifting," said CPHS coach Joe Ryzman. "Going into the state meet, I want them to obtain their individual goals and everyone of them do a personal best in every one of the events - the squat, dead-lift and bench press."

Garrett, competing in the 114-pound division, said he would like to be able to lift a personal best 870 pounds at the state meet and find a way to take home a first place medal.

"It is a big thing for me to make the state meet because we had to come in and work hard throughout the season, and I would like to be able to lift 870 total pounds during the meet and take home first place in the state," Garrett said.

Hayden was the regional champion in the 181-pound division and was the All-Around best lifter for the Heavy Platform at the regional meet. He is No. 1 in Region III for the season and expects to improve his total this weekend.

"I hope to be able to increase my weight at the state meet, and I want to get first place and bring home the state title," Hayden said. "It means a lot because I get to come back for another year and attempt to go back to state."

At the regional meet, Robinson found a way to pick up the regional championship in the 242-pound division on his final lift of the tournament.

"When I went into the dead-lift, I was down by 115 pounds and so many people told me I couldn't catch the guy and so that got me self-motivated to do it," said Robinson. "I had to pull 595 pounds to pull out a regional championship and it means a lot to me because now I am looking to the future and to the state meet."

With each lifter attempting to make their personal best goals this weekend in an attempt to win the state title, Robinson is shooting for a total of 1,510 pounds, which is 75 pounds more than he did at the regional meet.

"My personal best on bench would be 325 pounds, I am going to try and pull 630 on dead-lift, and on squats about 550-555 pounds," he said. "My best lift has been 1,435 pounds at the regional meet this season and I would like to be able to make personal best and try to bring home the gold."

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