CONWAY SPRINGS, Kansas – For prep athletes looking to test their strength to the max, the final weekend of March offered plenty to choose from.
3A powerlifting individual and team titles were on the line Saturday at Conway Springs High School.
There was a substantial turnout with dozens of school represented. With boys and girls competing, several records were tied, if not broken. Some lifters squatted well over 500 pounds.
Hosting the event for the first time, Conway Springs coach Matt Biehler told KSN, “It’s really neat having over 400 kids show up to compete. 36 high schools were represented.”
Cherryvale ended Conway Springs’ streak of five consecutive team championships by edging the host school by ten points for the 3A title. On the girl’s side, Haven won the team championship, while Eureka took second. Other notables: Future K-State football player Trey Dishon of Horton power cleaned 400 pounds to set a 3A state record. Dayton Mooney of Galena and Natalie Sanders of Hoisington were pound-for-pound the best male and female lifters.
Less than an hour away, powerlifters from multiple high schools including Wichita North and Goddard participated in a jet plane pull competition at the Kansas Aviation Museum. While the engine was removed, the plane still weighed close to 4,000 pounds.
Goddard beat out teams from six other high schools to win the title.