SS lifters take second place at Winnsboro

Wildcats will host their own meet on Saturday in final effort to qualify for regional

From Staff Reports

Feb. 11, 2008 - WINNSBORO - Sulphur Springs powerlifters came home from Winnsboro on Thursday with a second-place team trophy and three individual gold medals. But, it wasn't exactly what coach Rodney Flowers had in mind.

Because of illness and injury, the Wildcats took just 10 lifters, rather than the normal 12, and dropped out of Saturday's Greenville meet.

"It just wasn't a good overall meet for us," said Flowers. "The kids that went just weren't able to lift the weight they normally do, other than a couple. I think illness had something to do with that."

On the positive side, juniors Eddie Arciga and Jake Russell both won their weight groups with their season-best lifts, while senior Rodney Evans also won though he was about 25 pounds shy of his best.

In his first meet this year, Arciga won the 148-pound division with a total lift of 1,080 pounds. He had 420 on the squat, 245 on bench and 415 on dead lift. Russell also had his best outing with an 1,155-pound total in the 198-pound class. He put up 420 on the squat, 255 on bench and 480 on the dead lift.

Evans, meanwhile, lifted an SSHS-best 1,305 pounds, including a 500-pound squat, to win the 242-pound division. Evans also lifted 275 in the bench and 530 in the dead lift.

Other SSHS lifters who placed included junior Tadarious Johnson, second in the super-heavyweight division with 1,250 pounds. He had a 475 squat, a 275 bench and a 500-pound dead lift. Freshman Joe Scott placed second in the 165-pound class with a 1,090-pound total that included 425 on the squat, 255 on bench and 410 on dead lift.

Taking third place in the 198-pound division was sophomore Daniel Dixon with a total of 1,080 pounds that included 370 on squat, 270 on bench and 440 on dead lift. Fourth place went to Triston Crook in the 132-pound class. He had a 795 total that included 300 on squat, 195 on bench and 300 on dead lift. Fifth-place in the 148-pound class was J.R. Rivera, who had an 845-pound total that included 300 on squat, 195 on bench and 350 on dead lift.

"We still got second overall, which is good, but I don't really even pay attention to team ranking," Flowers said. "I mostly concentrate on the kids improving and getting better and sending as many as possible to regional.

"Trophies are nice to win, but I want each kid to do his personal best to get to regional."

The top 10 in each weight class in the regional qualify for the regional meet on March 1. The Wildcats have one more meet to secure or improve their rankings, and it will be at home.

Sulphur Springs will host it own invitational meet on Saturday in Wildcat Gym. The meet will get underway at 8:30 a.m. and have between 250 and 300 lifters participating.

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