Alec Webster has only been attending Shoemaker for two years, but he already has a claim to school history.
The sophomore became the first Grey Wolf ever to compete in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association’s state meet on Saturday when he totaled 945 pounds at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.
His total placed him in 12th place in the Boys Division I 123-pound weight class.
“He’s got a good foundation for next year’s football season, track season, whatever he wants to do,” Shoemaker head power lifting coach Lyndon Clevenger said. “He’s going to have a great foundation next year knowing he’s been there, he’s seen it.”
A competitor’s score at THSPA meets is decided by the sum of the maximum weight of the lifters best attempt in the squat, bench press and dead lift. A lifter is allowed three attempts in each event.
Webster maxed out at 320 in the squat, 225 in the bench press and 400 on the dead lift.
Webster’s squat lift was a personal best, but it wasn’t easy.
After his first attempt in the squat, he got two red lights on his first lift and was unsure if he met the criteria on the second attempt.
“He overcame adversity there and I was really proud of him for it,” Clevenger said.
San Benito’s Raul Mota won the state title in the 123-pound division with a total of 1,060 pounds.
Earlier this season, Webster, along with junior Joshua Davis and sophomore Kendell Jones, became the first Shoemaker power lifters in school history to qualify for the regional round.
Webster qualified for state after lifting 950 pounds to win the Region II title on March 8.