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by Coy Slavik
Mar 16, 2013 | 1008 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Meaghan Truax will compete Saturday at the state powerlifting meet in Corpus Christi.
Meaghan Truax will compete Saturday at the state powerlifting meet in Corpus Christi.
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Austin Speed told Goliad powerlifting coach Dale Mullenix three years ago that he would one day break Mullenix’s school record.

Speed has one more chance this season to fulfill his prediction.

Speed, a junior, finished second in the 275-pound weight class at the Region 5 meet in Bishop on March 9. Speed had lifts of 550 in the squat, 350 in the bench press and 530 in the deadlift for a total of 1,430.

Earlier this season, Speed had a composite of 1,495, which is just shy of Mullenix’s school record of 1,500.

“He pointed at me his freshman year and said he was coming after my record,” Mullenix said.

“Back then, I was just joking,” Speed said. “It’s neat, though, knowing it’s actually possible.”

Mullenix set the current record in 1990.

“It wouldn’t hurt my feelings,” Mullenix said of Speed possibly breaking his record. “It’s been up there too long.”

Goliad’s Merle Garza placed eighth in the 198-pound class Saturday with a 525 squat, 315 bench press and 435 deadlift for a 1,275 composite.

Meaghan Truax, a senior, will compete in Saturday’s girls state powerlfiting meet in Corpus Christi.

Truax, a senior, set the Class 1A-2A Region 5 deadlift record for the 148-pound weight class with a 375-pound lift March 2. She qualified for her second straight trip to the state meet.

“From what I’ve seen, Meaghan will go into state ranked fourth,” Mullenix said. “She’ll probably need an 860 composite to medal.”

Truax, whose career-best composite is 835, has been competing in the sport since her freshman year.

“Some friends of mine go in it and I thought I should try it,” Truax said. “I tried it and saw that i really liked it. I don’t have coordination for other sports. Lifting is pretty basic.”
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