C-P's Garrett headed back to state powerlifting meet

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Mar. 23, 2007 - COMO - For the third straight year, Como-Pickton senior John Garrett heads to the Texas High School State Powerlifting Championships at the Campbell Athletic Complex in Adline on Saturday.

But this time, he is hoping to place in the top five at the meet.

"I am looking to place this year and it is definitely going to be better than last year," Garrett said. "It seems a lot tougher competition and with the district change and everything else it will be tougher. I need to get about 960 at the state meet to place."

Garrett finished sixth at the 2006 state meet in the 123-pound class with a total of 905 pounds with lifts of 345 pounds on his squat, 190 pounds on his bench press and 370 pounds on the dead lift.

Garrett goes into the meet as the No. 9-ranked lifter in Region 3, according to the regional results, but Garrett wants more out of this weekend.

"I had a pretty good day on squat but my bench was not as good as I wanted it to be," he said. "I am looking to better my bench and my dead lift because they were not very good at regionals. It was a pretty good meet overall for me.

"You really can't get much stronger in a week, so we are going to go through the basic workout and do less stuff this week. I want to reach my goals that I set through the year and if I reach those goals I will do pretty good and I think I will get about 960 pounds."

For Garrett to reach the 960-pound weight total according to the regional results, that would put him tied for fourth place as Winnsboro's Dillon Satterwhite and Bosqueville's Michael Jorgenson lifted 960 pounds in their regional meets.

"It was pretty important for me to get back to the meet," Garrett said. "I wanted to go back in my last year and I want to do very good at the meet."

Garrett was also a member of the 2005 state co-champion Eagles powerlifting squad during his sophomore year with Ray Hayden and J.J. Robinson in the 114-pound weight class and was C-P's sole state meet representative last year.

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