Local Powerlifters Win State Titles

ABILENE (March 23, 2013) -- Andrew Billings has set a new standard for power lifting in Texas.

The Waco High senior broke a 22-year-old state record by lifting a total of 2,010 pounds Saturday at the state championships in Abilene.

Billings, a Baylor football recruit, squatted 805 pounds, bench pressed 500 and powerlifted 705 to win the super heavyweight state championship in division one.

Billings finished 110 pounds ahead of the runner-up and 170 pounds ahead of teammate and third-place finisher Ben Hughes.

In division two, China Spring's Travis Cooke captured the 165 pound state title with a total lift of 1,395 pounds.

Cooke was in fourth place after a 515-pound squat, but he benched 360 to jump into the lead and closed out the day with a 520-pound powerlift.

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