Meridian High School powerlifter Katie Glenn had a lot of weight on her shoulders. On top of the 195-pound bar, the 105-pound Glenn also carried the hopes of the Wildcats' season, as she needed to clear her squat on her third attempt in order to be counted.
Focusing only on completing the task, Glenn bent her legs and slowly brought the weight down and back up again flawlessly, earning third place in the 105-pound weight class and helping to ensure Meridian to its fourth-straight South State girls powerlifting championship.
“She came down to her last lift, and she had to squat 195 pounds,” Meridian coach Calvin Hampton said. “If she didn't get it she was out of it. She dug down deep and lifted the weight. If she didn't get it, it would have sunk us.”
Meridian finished the meet with 55 points to win the South State championship, while Oak Grove tallied 30 points to come in second.
Breshondra Kendricks took home first place in the 97-pound weight class and won best overall light-weight competitor on the day. Jabria Hopkins won first place in the 105-pound weight class; Zebreonia Taylor won first place in the 114-pound weight class; Sheka Crowell won first place in the 132-pound weight class, including a 325-pound dead lift; Brenekia Horne took home first place in the 148-pound weight class, taking home best overall heavy-weight; Terriana Grady won first place in the 220-pound weight class, including a 315-pound squat; Alexis Carter won first place in the 220-pound weight class and Tina Harris took home fifth place in the 22-pound weight class.
“I proud of them,” Hampton said. “Winning the state is our goal, and we took another step towards that goal, winning the South State championship tonight.”
Meridian has finished runner-up in the state the past three years. However, Hampton said he believes this group of girls has what it takes to bring the state championship home to Meridian. The state championships will be held April 13 at the Jackson Coliseum.
“I'm looking forward for them to put on a show,” Hampton said. “If they continue to work in the weight room every day, I believe they can get it.”
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