Title power – Raiders win fifth straight powerlifting championship

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Shelby Academy powerlifting coach Jason Kervin expected big things from Barry Harrison at the AISA state meet.

Competing in the 158-pound weight class, the Shelby Academy junior was a favorite to pick up a host of individual

titles at the meet held at Pickens Academy.

&uot;We knew going down there he was going to put on a show,&uot; Kervin said.

Harrison earned first place and set three individual AISA state records to lead the Raiders to their fifth straight

Class 1A title.

The win was also Shelby Academy’s third overall championship – encompassing all three classes – in the past five years.

Harrison claimed the top spot with an overall lift total of 1,145 pounds, a new class record. He also set new class marks in the deadlift, 460 pounds, and the squat, 405 pounds.

&uot;Barry is a special kid,&uot; Kervin said. &uot;It’s safe to say he outworks everybody. Anything he gets is because of his willingness to outwork his competitors.&uot;

Harrison also won awards for: Best Middleweight Squat, Best Middleweight Bench Press, Best Middleweight Deadlift and Best Overall Middleweight Lifter.

Chad King tied the AISA state bench press record for the 81-pound class with a lift of 100 pounds and Daniel Michael set a 105-pound class record by deadlifting 270 pounds.

Kervin said the team’s success could be attributed to a weight program taken very seriously by Raiders athletes.

&uot;I think it’s indicative of how hard our kids work and how dedicated they are to their schools all year-round,&uot; he said.

Eight Shelby Academy lifters took home first place in individual competition. Chad King placed first in the 81-pound class; Paul Bailey finished first in the 98-pound class; Daniel Michael, 105; Shane Stuart, 165; Jason Stokes, 175; Chip Lovelady, 242; and Parker Headley, Super Heavyweight.

Rachel Harrison took top honors in the women’s under 125-pound class for Shelby Academy.

She was given awards for Best Women’s Squat, Best Women’s Bench and Best Overall Women’s Lifter