Rubio, Holloway win state powerlifting titles
The Tonganoxie High powerlifting teams wrapped up the 2013 season with a pair of top-five finishes Saturday at the Class 4A state meet in Abilene. The Chieftain girls took fourth with a score of 23 points, while the boys tied Abilene and Clay Center for fifth with the same score.
Junior Jessica Rubio won her weight class outright for the second straight year, recording lifts of 225 pounds in the squat, 130 in the bench press and 165 in the hang clean. Rubio’s top finish was good for 10 points in the team standings.
Senior Shelby McDaniel added eight team points with a second-place finish in her weight class. Other Chieftain girls to factor in the team scoring were seniors Jaycee Knipp (fourth for four points) and Stephanie Miller (sixth for one point).
On the boys side, junior Cole Holloway won his first overall title in the 173-pound class. A fifth-place state finisher last season, Holloway lifted 385 pounds in the squat, 265 in the bench press and 270 in the hang clean. He edged out Chapman’s Jerrad Gillen for the title.
Fellow juniors Noe Puebla and Wyatt Weeks also had top-five finishes for THS. Puebla took second at 140 pounds, while Weeks finished fourth at 181 pounds. Senior Tyler Zinser rounded out the boys’ team scoring with a sixth-place finish at 165 pounds.
Basehor-Linwood won the girls and boys team titles with scores of 116 and 76, respectively.