Warren Central, Vicksburg High lifters post four podium finishes at MHSAA state powerlifting meet

Published 10:40 am Sunday, April 7, 2024

Warren County’s powerlifters wore out the steps on the podium at the MHSAA Class 6A state meet.

Warren Central’s Katie Wallace and Sam Ross both finished second in their weight classes, while WC’s Trevor Meadows and Vicksburg High’s Cedrionna Blackmore were third in theirs at the meet held at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

Wallace was second in the girls’ 242-pound division on Friday. She lifted 365 pounds in the squat, 130 in the bench press, and 350 in the deadlift for a total of 845 pounds.

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Wallace, a senior who was making her second consecutive appearance at the state meet, missed a state championship by only five pounds. West Harrison’s Amari Adkins had a total of 850 pounds — 365 in the squat, 100 in the bench press, and 385 in the deadlift — to narrowly edge Wallace for the title.

While Wallace closed out her outstanding career, Blackmore got hers started with a podium finish in the 220-pound weight class. The freshman squatted 250 pounds, benched 135, and deadlifted 325 for a total of 710 pounds.

Blackmore tied Center Hill’s Morgan Anderson for second place, but lost the tiebreaker that goes to the lifter with the lighter body weight. Anderson weighed in seven pounds lighter than Blackmore. Jim Hill’s Shadiah Robinson totaled 915 pounds on her three best lifts to easily win the 220-pound state championship.

During the boys’ state meet on Saturday, Ross and Meadows added two more podium finishes to Warren County’s honor roll.

Ross finished second in the 220-pound weight class, and Meadows was third among the 181-pounders.

Ross lifted 525 pounds in the squat, 285 on the bench, and 530 in the deadlift for a total of 1,340 pounds. The sophomore was comfortably in second place, 145 pounds ahead of Hancock’s Aiden Taylor, but still well behind state champion Kejuan Williams of Lake Cormorant.

Williams totaled 1,410 pounds and claimed one of Lake Cormorant’s five individual state championships as it also won the Class 6A team title.

In the 181-pound division, Meadows finished in a three-way tie for second place after lifting 1,305 total pounds. He tied Pearl River Central’s Garrett Ouder and West Harrison’s Trey Harris and was ranked second among the group based on body weight. Ouder weighed in at 176.8 pounds, Meadows at 177.2, and Harris at 181.2

Pascagoula senior Nate Davis won the 181-pound title with a total weight of 1,415 pounds.

Meadows, a senior, lifted 500 pounds in the squat, 275 in the bench press, and 530 in the deadlift.

Vicksburg High’s Korzabian Hill also qualified for the state meet, but did not place in the 242-pound division.