Franklinton powerlifters successful in 2 different meets last Saturday

Published 1:29 pm Friday, February 11, 2022

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On Saturday Feb. 5, Franklinton’s powerlifting team participated in two separate competitions, including the Salmen Invitational and Louisiana High School Powerlifting Association RAW Invitational in Lafayette.

At Salmen, the boys team had two bronze medals and five gold medals. The boys team won the meet, defeating Brother Martin, Slidell, Covington, Fontainebleau, Pearl River and Salmen.

This was the first time Franklinton has ever won a powerlifting meet.

The gold medal winners were Ty Creel, Jaylin Magee, Shelton Jenkins, Khaled Waliagha and Adam Galloway.

Creel lifts in the 114-pound weight class.

Magee is in the 181s.

Jenkins competes in the 198s.

Waliagha is in the 220s.

Galloway is in the 275s.

The bronze winners were Andre Callais and Kevion Ginn.

Callais lifts in the 165-pound weight class.

Ginn is in the 275s.

The girls side of the powerlifting team had four bronze medals, one silver medal and two gold medals in a third-place finish.

The gold medalists were Tayte Landry and Evelyn Argualles.

Arrielle Magee was the silver medalist.

Landry is in the 198s.

Argualles lifts in the SHW division.

The bronze medal winners were Kaylee Ard, Hannah Spears, Ava Roshto and Trinity Miller.

Ard is in the 105s.

Spears competes in the 114s.

Roshto is in the 123s.

Miller is in the SHWs.

Franklinton had 23 lifters at Salmen and 14 received a medal.

In the LHSPLA Raw Meet, outstanding female lifters were Hope Phelps, Alexis Ellis, Alyssa Robins and Jaz Crosby.

Ellis was fourth in the 165.3s with a 130 squat, 75 bench and 240 deadlift for a 445 total. Vermillion Catholic’s Zoey Melancon won the weight class with a 640.

Robins came in sixth for the 165.3s with a 410 total after squatting 140, benching 85 and deadlifting 185.

Phelps came in seventh place in the 148.8s with a 490 total. Phelps squatted 180, benched 90 and deadlifted 220. Southside’s Timyra Wilson won with a 655.

Crosby was 11th in the SHWs. She squatted 185, benched 95 and deadlifted 210 for 490. Natchitoches Central’s Branteal Layton won with a 790.

On the boys side, J.T. Beckett and Nathan Chimento and Chase Chimento had totals of 725 pounds or more.

Nathan Chimento was 11th in the 165.3s. Chimento squatted 265, benched 160 and deadlifted 300 for 725.

Beckett was 10th in the 198.3s and Chimento was 12th. Beckett posted an 800 total after a 310 squat, 150 bench and 320 deadlift. Chase Chimento recorded a 740. He squatted 285, benched 150 and deadlifted 315.

Franklinton will compete again in the regionals at Covington.

The boys meet will be on Feb. 19 and the girls will be Feb. 26.