Jackson is 5th at state meet

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

ABILENE — Though he came up short of winning a top-three medal at the Texas High School Power-lifting Association State Championships, Sweetwater’s Chris Jackson still had a solid finish to his high school career Saturday by placing fifth in in his Division II weight class Saturday.
Competing in the 123-pound class, Jackson — in his first state appearance — lifted 980 pounds at the Taylor County Coliseum.
Jackson was able to exceeded his regional total of 960 pounds in the three categories at Abilene.
The Sweetwater High School senior had a squat of 350 pounds, bench press of 260 pounds and dead lift of 370 pounds in the second-smallest weight class.
It may not be the last time that Jackson lifts compettively. Sweetwater powerlifting coach Blake Spears said Jackson would like to continue at the college level and perhaps even make bodybuilding his career.
“He competed real well in Abilene and was kind of sad when it was over,” Spears said of Jackson, who placed second to Snyder’s Omar Alonso at the regional meet held in Sundown. Alonso placed fourth in Abilene.