Six student-athletes performed well enough at the 2021 LHSAA/LHSPLA East Regional Powerlifting Meet to qualify for the State Meet. The group was led by sophomore Celine Thomas, who was the East Regional Champion for the 148 pound weight class, senior Tim Bennett, who was the runner-up in the SHW class, and sophomore Devyn Jones, who was the runner-up in the 275 pound weight class.
Christian Jones (620 total pounds), India Morgan (595 total pounds), and Willie Nunnery (765 total pounds) also qualified for the LHSAA Division I State Championships. The Championships will be held March 18th through March 20th at Fant Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, Louisiana.
Coach Baronich was pleased with the overall effort of both the girls and boys team.
“Our kids did a great job of competing on Friday and Saturday at the Regional Meet. Many PR’s were set along with six of them earning spots in the upcoming LHSAA Division I State Meet in Monroe later this month. Our boys team scored well enough across all weight to finish as East Regional Runner-ups.”
The Runner-up boys team consisted of Bennett, Jones, Nunnery, Matthew Sant, Jaden Sylvester, Keenan Griffin, Marcus Stewart, Mason Watson, Devin Trim, Hunter Thomas, and Roy Brackins. Sant, Sylvester, Griffin, and Stewart are all alternates at the upcoming State Meet.
Outside of qualifying for the State Meet, Bennett, Jones, and Nunnery were all able to break several school records.
Bennett set a new Woodlawn High record in the squat (575 pounds), bench (395 pounds), and total (1465 pounds) in the SHW class. He goes into the State Meet only one hundred pounds behind the state leader.
Jones set new school records in the bench (395 pounds) and total (1295 pounds) in the 275 pound class. He is the only sophomore that qualified for the State Meet in the 275 pound class in Division I.
Nunnery set a new record in the 123 pound class with a bench of 190 pounds.
Thomas became the East Regional Champion with a total weight of 660 pounds. She successfully complete a 250 pound squat, 120 pound bench, and 290 pound dead lift.