TWELVE AREA powerlifters headed to Abilene on Friday to compete in the state finals, which were held on Saturday.
Dickinson had nine members of its back-to-back Region IV championship team make the trip, with Kaylond North leading the way after he set two records at the regional meet. North, who established new marks in both the squat and total lift, entered as a heavy favorite in the 242-pound class. Alec DeLeon, who also set a regional record in his class, also went into the meet as a strong contender in the 148-pound field. Alonzo Crittendon, who set a regional record in the deadlift, gave Dickinson a solid shot to claim the superheavyweight field.
Also representing coach Earl Ricicar’s squad will be Dominic Monsivaiz (123-pound class), Chen Phan (132-pound class), Cournelious Vaughans (165-pound class), Anietie Etuk (242-pound class), Jared Ready (242-pound class) and Chance Harmanson (superheavyweight class).
Texas City’s Lorenzo Baeza made his second straight trip to the state finals in the 242-pound class, while La Marque’s William Tinner will compete in the superheavyweight class in the Division II field. Hitchcock’s Carlos Alvarez will represent the Bulldogs in the Division III, 275-pound field.