Three SSHS lifters place fourth at region

Link, Rivera, Arciga win medals

From Staff Reports

March 3, 2008 - PARIS - Three Sulphur Springs lifters placed fourth at the Div. I, Region III powerlifting meet at Paris High School on Saturday, missing out on a state berth by two places.

Taylor Link, J.R. Rivera and Eddie Arciga all went into the meet ranked fifth in their weight classifications, and all came out of the meet with fourth-place finishes. Link actually tied for third in the 123-pound classification, but was awarded fourth because he weighed more than the other competitor.

"Everybody lifted good," said SSHS coach Rodney Flowers. "We had a lot of personal bests. There was a lot of weight being thrown around. The guys competed well and represented Sulphur Springs well."

Link totaled 850 pounds in the three lifts, squat, bench press and dead lift, in the 123-pound classification. Rivera had a 900 pound total in the 132-pound division, and Arciga lifted 1,085 in the 148-pound class.

The top five in each classification win medals. Flowers said Arciga and Link both battled for third place, while Rivera was able to increase his final weight - and get it - to leapfrog into fourth.

"Eddie had a chance to creep into second, I thought, but a couple of other kids stepped up and pulled some big weight," Flowers explained. "J.R. was kind of a last-minute deal. He knew if he could pull a certain weight, he would get fifth, so we adjusted his weight."

Three other SSHS lifters competed but did not place in the top five: Joe Scott in the 165-pound class, Jake Russell in the 198 division, and Rodney Evans in the 242-pound class. To qualify for the regional meet, a lifter had to be ranked in the top 10 in his weight classification.

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