It was a record-setting day for the Madill powerlifting team Friday.
The Wildcats not only finished first among Class 3A schools and third overall behind Stilwell and Poteau but also set four school records in a meet that was held in Antlers.
Anatolio Ibarra had multiple reasons to celebrate as he earned the Outstanding Lifter Award in the lightweight division after he bench pressed a meet best and school-record 310 pounds in his weight class.
Andrew Neese took second place in the 145-pound class while setting a new meet record with a 385-pound squat lift, and Houston Barthold was runner-up in the 181-pound category with a school-record 510-pound lift in the deadlift event.
Traven Bagley notched meet and school records with his lift of 225 pounds in the bench press, which helped to earn him third place at 132 pounds. Danny Sanchez took fifth at 181.
In the girls’ division, Daisy Fuentes and Jessi Thomas lifted to top honors at 168 and 157, respectively, while Marisol Conseco finished second at 145.
“We did really well,” Madill coach Drew Young said. “We not only broke meet record sat Antlers, but our kids broke our records since I’ve been here, which is five years.”
Madill will host its second annual Lift-A-Thon at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Madill Wildcats Fieldhouse to help raise money for the program.
The Wildcats return to action March 5 for the Class 3A-6A large school regional meet which will be held at Antlers High School.
“There are 21 schools in our division and we are one of the smallest ones, but if things go right, we have a shot at the team championship,” Young said.