Rader places 9th in State powerlifting

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

Senior Chris Rader competed in the State Powerlifting Tournament in Abilene Saturday (March 27).

While he did not medal in his division, he still represented the school with a strong ninth place showing.

Slaton also sent off Rader and honored fellow State qualifier Amaya Ramos with a parade around town Friday afternoon (March 26) that went by Cathelene Thomas Elementary and around the square before sending them off to Abilene.

That said, even though he didn’t earn a medal, Rader said he still had a lot of fun at the State meet, even with the amount of powerlifters there.

“It was a little crowded due to there being almost 500 lifters. I achieved every goal that I had set out to do in terms of powerlifting,” he said.

Coach Albert Lopez was also pleased with how Rader did. “He improved his overall total by 15 pounds for a total of 1,315 pounds,” he said.

Rader had a squat of 505 pounds, a bench of 295 pounds and a deadlift of 515 pounds.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of the Slatonite.

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