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    By Maggi Whitlow

Atlanta Iron turns in third place finish

Atlanta’s powerlifting team competed in its first meet of the year Jan. 12, at the Sulphur Springs Invitational.
Atlanta finished behind Greenville and Brownsboro, but trumped 17 other schools which included Gilmer, Royse City, Sulphur Springs, Liberty-Eylau, North Lamar, Chapel Hill, Canton, Emory Rains, Quinlan Ford, James Bowie, Union Hill, Prairiland, Winnsboro, Pewitt, Clarksville, Paris Chisum and Honey Grove.
Jacob Nash placed first overall in the 165-pound weight class with a total lift of 1,135 pounds, and Clayton Mosley placed second overall in the 181-pound class with a total lift of 1,300.
Cody Maxie placed third in the 132-pound class with a total of 760, Dalton Johnson placed third in the 148-pound class with a total of 1,000, Trey Adams placed third in the 220-pound class with a total of 1,270, Cade Fant placed third in the 242-pound class with a total of 1,260 and Tyrell King placed third in the 275-pound class with a total of 1,385 pounds lifted.
Avery Whitlow placed ninth overall in the 114-pound class with a total of 440 pounds, and Clay Fant placed 10th overall in the 198-pound class with a total lift of 900 pounds.
Lifters who finished in the top 20 were: Dekorian Parker – 920 pounds, Jeremiah Jefferson – 895 pounds, DeAnthony Burt – 870 pounds, Ty Blizzard – 860 pounds, Zachariah Jefferson – 860 pounds, James Thurston – 860 pounds, Brennan Gaston – 815 pounds, Deandre Mitchell – 815 pounds and Lakeceion Richardson – 655 pounds.
Powerlfiting Coach Craig Fant had this to say about the meet.
“This was a great first meet of the season. There were nearly 200 lifters and 20 schools there. It’s a well-run meet and we were glad to have a good showing,” Fant said. “Our kids have been working hard since the football playoffs ended and we are excited about this season.     We look forward to another good season this year.”  
Atlanta Iron will lift again Saturday, Jan. 19, in the FCA Liftoff at Texas High School.

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