WACO – After taking a two-week layoff from competition, the Clifton boys and girls powerlifting threw their weight around at the Waco Reicher Catholic Invitational as the Lady Cubs captured their second meet championship in three tries last Saturday.
Led by gold medalists Katelyn Hunt, Maddie Burk, Grace Countryman and Kamryn Kettler, the Lady Cubs scored 48 points to place first in the 15-team field. The Clifton boys, behind bronze medal performances by Jordan Rodriguez and Sergio Garcia, placed fifth among 13 teams.
“We had some really nice totals,” Clifton powerlifting head coach Brent Finney said. “Everyone increased their totals, and Kamryn Kettler set a meet record in dead lift with a 390-pound pull.”
Top Lady Cubs finishers were Hunt taking first and Sarah Slater fifth in the 105-pound class, Kambrie Kettler placing second in the 123 class, Sutton Finney taking second and Reagan Brooks fifth in 132, Burk winning the 148 class, Countryman taking first and Kynli Bearden third in 165, Kamryn Kettler first in 181, and Beth Ann McMillan second in 198.
For the Clifton boys, Rodriguez placed third in 114, Layton Hewitt finished fourth in 123, Carter Tunnell took fourth in 132, Jackson Newton finished fourth and Zach Hohertz fifth in 181, Garcia captured third and Matthew Hobbs finished fifth in 198, and Marco Cano took fifth in 220.
At the Moody Invitational Jan. 18, the Lady Cubs placed second as a team with 40 points as Sutton Finney and Kamryn Ketter captured gold medals in their respective weight classes. Hunt, Countryman and McMillan brought home silver medals, Slater, Kambrie Kettler and Burk claimed bronze medals, while Bearden produced a fourth place finish.
The Clifton boys placed sixth as a team, led by senior Joel Santillan’s silver medal performance in the 148-pound weight class. Garcia, Cano and Slavador Marin captured bronze medals, Rodriguez placed fourth, and Newton finished fifth.
Photos by DAVID HARDING