The Caddo powerlifting team recently competed at the Southeast Okla. Regional Powerlifting Meet. The Bruins brought home several awards and medals including Regional Small School (C – 2A) Runner-up. They also won Regional Champs by class and were awarded the Class A Regional Champions.
Eleven Caddo student athletes participated in the regional event held in Hartshorne, and seven qualified for the State Weight Meet. Seniors Virgle Mincher and Zach McKimmy won 1st place in their weight classes. Mincher had a three lift total (squat, bench, deadlift) of 1350 lbs. in the 198 lbs. weight class. Zach McKimmy, the defending 145 lbs. weight class state champion, had a total of 1155 lbs. Both qualify for the state weight meet.
Other Caddo lifters who competed were senior Garrett Morace lifting a total of 950 lbs. also qualifying for state in the 168 lbs. division. Junior Allen Baker qualified as well with a lift total of 1000 lbs. in the 220 lbs. class. Another senior, Dakota Pugh had a lift total of 635 lbs. in the 123 lbs. division, also qualified for state placing 4th at regionals. Senior Austin Hawthorne placed 3rd and will also be going to state in the 220 lbs. weight class with a lift total of 1115 lbs. And senior Corey Savoy placed 2nd in the 157lb class, qualifying for state with a lift total of 1050 lbs. Other lifters who competed were senior AJ Burkett, 905 lbs. total, freshman Dillon Pugh who lifted in the 123 lbs. class, sophomore Dustin Foskey in the 168 lbs. class, and soph. Glenn Gayle lifting in the 157 lbs division.
“We’ve never had this many lifters qualify for state before. These guys work very hard and sacrifice a lot to get the this level of competition,” said head coach Jeremy Proctor. “McKimmy and Mincher have won every meet in their respective divisions all year, and according to the regional results from around the state, they should be state champions after Saturday. All of our lifters who qualified for state should do well,” said Proctor.
The state weight meet for the small school divisions will be held at McCloud High School starting at 9 a.m. on March 15th.