Cristian Orona stanton powerlifting champ

Stanton High School’s Cristian Orona, right, has about as much muscle power as his school’s mascot – the Buffalo. Orona made the trip to Abilene this past weekend and lifted 1,200 pounds over the three events – squat (470 lbs.), bench press (280 lbs.), and dead lift (450 lbs). The feat was good enough to place Orona first in the 123-pound class of the competition’s Division 3...and that 470-pound squat? It was enough for a State record.

Big Spring track teams stepped up to the big time at the San Angelo Relays. The Steers had won their previous three meets. At San Angelo they elected to compete in the 6A division. Big difference, the Steers scored nine points. Braxton Pearson finished fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot put. Adrian Solis was sixth in the 800 and 400 meters. Roman Perez, who will be running for McMurry next year, finished sixth the 3200.

The Lady Steers got top-notch performances from sixth place Alex Mehan, a sophomore, in the 100 hurdles (16.64) and third place freshman Naomi Wines in the 200 meters (26.77).

Forsan pole vaulter Trevor Cole fared well in the pole vault clearing 12-0, finishing fourth.

Stanton now has another state powerlifting champ. Senior Cristian Orona won the gold medal in the 123-pound weight division in Abilene, lifting 1,200 pounds, 100 more than the second place finisher. He joins teammate Marsela Lozano who won a state title the week before in Corpus Christi. Orona set a state squat record in his division, pushing up 470 pounds.

See Thursday's edition of the Big Spring Herald for the rest of the story.

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