By BRYAN URBACH
There’s been an excitement around the Dogwood Circle over the past few days.
Several local powerlifters are headed to State after qualifying in the Regional rounds.
Starting with Elkhart, the Elks are sending three boys and one girl to State.
At Regionals, the Elkhart boys won the regional powerlifting meet. Advancing to state are the following:
Cody Defore, who won the 148’s. He also was the outstanding lifter. Zack Gray will join him as he won the 181’s. Finally, Chris Box was second in the 165’s and is heading to State.
Also at the Regionals, Elkhart had a few more powerlifters who placed.
Garrett Flanagan was third in the 165’s, Zack McFarland was third in the Super Heavy Weight Class and Dalton Kassaw was fifth place in the 132’s.
The Elkhart girls powerlifting team finished sixth at the Regional Meet and had one lifter advance to State.
Chassity Chambless was third in her division and advanced to State for the Lady Elks.
Other Lady Elks who participated in the Regional event were Amber Mills, who placed third in her division, Jasmine Hunt, who was also third, Skyler Rogers, who placed fifth and Amanda Brown, who placed seventh.
Palestine’s Mallorie Sander placed first in her 123 lb. weight class which allowed her to advance to State. She set a new Regional record in squat with 335 lbs. and won the Outstanding Squat Award, Light Platform (all lifters 97 – 148lbs.)
Palestine also is sending Lacey Tillis who placed first in her 198 lb. weight class advancing her to State. She set a new Regional record in deadlift at 395 lbs.
Other local powerlifters who advanced to State in the area are Westwood’s Johney Phelps, who placed first in his 114 division, Frankston’s Raven Paul, who placed first in her 220+ division, Westwood’s Ty’Eesha Dawkins, who placed fifth in her 220 division, Cayuga’s Harley Mingus and Shaina Stotts, who placed eighth and third in their respective divisions.