Tigers dealing with fewer lifters but showing promise

Members of the power lifting team at St. Mary’s are, on front row from left. Chloe Nash, Hannah Deranger, Sarah Thibodaux, Chloe Cremeans, Anna Kate Jackson and Kylie Bennett. On back row are Uriel Rodriguez, Kevin Vargas, Will deVargas, Matthew Thibodeaux, Cole Fisher and Thomas Watkins. In back is Jayce Miley,

By Trent Friedel, Exclusive to the Times

Powerlifting season has started and Saint Mary’s returned to action lifting in the Beau Chene meet in Arnaudville last Saturday. It was an early start and a long day for the Tigers, but they didn’t disappoint on the iron or the medal stand. Coach Thibodaux has lost some lifters to graduation and other sports but is eager to see how this year’s group will perform.

Matthew Thibodaux, last years 1A state champion, continued his dominance on the iron finishing with a three lift (deadlift, squat, bench press) total of 1,360 pounds. That was enough to win the 242-pound weight class which he is competing in for the first time. Matthew is participating down a weight class as he hopes to attain a coveted Military Academy appointment. The total weight was 200 pounds more than any of the 200 plus lifters attending and earned Thibodaux the Best Lifter award for the meet.

Jayce Miley, an up and coming strongman placed third in his weight class totaling 970 pounds. It was a personal best for the sophomore and a marked improvement from where he ended last season. Both teens lifted “raw”, meaning no use of lifting suits making their performance even more impressive against a field of geared lifters.

For the Lady lifters, up and coming sensation Anna Kate Jackson finished second in her weight class with a total of 600 pounds. Junior Chloe Cremeans finished a strong second place in her class posting a total of 570 pounds. Very respectable for her first time outing and good things will continue for her.

Although Saint Mary’s lost some lifters from last seasons squad, they seem to be poised to do well this year.