The Dickinson powerlifting team captured the Region IV, Division I championship on Saturday at Mayde Creek High School as six members qualified for the state championship in Abilene on March 22

The meet was highlighted by Alonzo Crittendon’s regional record-setting 800-pound squat on his last attempt in the super heavyweight class.

“We feel that each of the children heading to state will represent us well,” Gators powerlifting coach Earl Ricicarsaid. “All of them have a great chance to finish in the top five.”

Ricicar said he was not sure if he would have Crittendon attempt to make a bid at the state record of 840 pounds in the squat, which was set by Aaron Gonzales of Palestine Westwood in 2009.

Eugene Johnson of Victoria established the Division I standard with 835 pounds in 2005.

Crittendon (1,685 pounds lifted) and fellow super heavyweight teammate Chance Harmanson (1,625 pounds) qualified for state, along with Alec Deleon (148-pound class), Thomas Bridges (181), Kaylon North and Anietie Etuk (both in the 242 class).

Texas City’s Francois Bonilla also qualified for state after lifting a total of 1,450 pounds in the 220-pound class in the Division I field.

La Marque’s Gerald Johnson will represent the Cougars in Dallas, as he advanced with a total of 1,050 pounds lifted during the Division II meet, which was held in Cleveland.

Hitchcock had a pair of state qualifiers in the Division III meet, which was also held in Cleveland.

T.J. Combs advanced in the 181-pound class, while Brenttany Birdow qualified in the girls’ 181-pound class.

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