Posted Date: 03/05/2018
On March 2, 2018, thirty-three schools converged on Malakoff, Tx to decide who would represent our region at the state meet in Abilene at the end of the month. Twelve lifters in each of the eleven weight classes were presented an opportunity to seize a top two spot, which would send them on to the next competition. At the conclusion of the day, one Atlanta strongman, Jacob Nash, would emerge as a state representative.
Overall, nine members of Strength of Atlanta earned the honor of competing at the Regional meet. Seniors - Zee Barfoot and Dustin Williams, Juniors - Dalton Johnson, Jacob Nash, Clayton Mosley and Francisco Martinez, Sophomore - Cade Fant, and Freshmen - Cody Maxie and Tyrell King each represented Strength of Atlanta in the Regional competition. When the lifting concluded, four of these young men were presented with medals. Jacob Nash won top honors in the 165 lb weight class qualifying to lift in the state meet. Clayton Mosley claimed 5th in the 181 lb class. Zee Barfoot medalled, as well, taking 5th in the 198s. And, Tyrell King medalled in 5th place among the 242 lb contestants.
Of the thirty-three schools in our region, Strength of Atlanta finished seventh, besting the like of Pittsburgh, Henderson, Liberty-Eylau, Carthage and Gladewater, by a wide margin. The strongmen from Atlanta accomplished great things this year on the way to their finish in Malakoff. Six different lifters squatted at least 500 lbs, five bench pressed at least 300 lbs including one 410 lb bench press by Dustin Williams, and three lifters deadlifted at least 500 lbs. This was a landmark season for Atlanta high school powerlifting and has set the stage for unprecedented success in the future. Seniors Dustin Williams, Zee Barfoot and Jordan Alvarez leave a legacy of greatness behind for a large group of young lifters to build upon. Strength of Atlanta will continue to edge closer toward their ultimate goal in the very near future.
On March 24th, Jacob Nash will continue toward his personal goal of becoming a State champion. He will compete that day at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Tx in the State of Texas Powerlifting Championships. Jacob currently stands as the ninth ranked 165 lb lifter in Division II in the state of Texas. Nash has committed himself, daily, to the pursuit of excellence and has himself poised to rise in the state rankings. Personal bests, statewide recognition, and a medal are on the agenda when he arrives in Abilene!