Cubs compete at first powerlifting meet
The newly returning Olney High School boys’ powerlifting team traveled to Vernon Middle School Jan. 27. to compete in the Lion Invitational powerlifting competition. The team as a whole had great results.
Senior Angel Alvarado totaled 1,285 pounds in the 165 pound weight class, taking first place by 200 pounds and securing his first place spot in regionals. This total weight was only 15 pounds away from an automatic qualification for the state powerlifting competition.
Senior Rodolfo Arce placed first in the 181 pound class with a 1,135 pound total lift, seating himself third in the region.
Junior Lucas Rodgers placed third in the 220 pound weight class with a 1,095 total lift. “Lucas is working to get a spot at regionals and plans to achieve that at the next meet,” said Casey Keeter, coach of the OHS Powerlifting Team.
Sophomore Ricco Sandoval placed sixth in the competition with an 880 pound total lift in the 181 pound weight class, sitting him at 10th place in the region.
Sophomore Carson Boston lifted a total weight of 840 pounds in the 220 pound weight class, placing him in sixth.
The Powerlifting team hasn’t been active in the OHS athletic program since 2020, and Keeter was ecstatic to have it back with the arrival of Athletic Director Gunter Rodriguez.
“I was very happy when Coach Rodriguez was willing to bring powerlifting back after it was removed in 2020,” Keeter said. “I believe powerlifting is a crucial program to help develop an overall athlete. The strictness of the lifts, the technique required, the training involved, and the competition all bring out another level in the athletes.”
Keeter said he has nothing but high hopes for the newly returning team and plans for nothing but success.
“Be looking for some of our lifters at the state meet where we will make a statement in 2024.” Keeter said.