Thursday, April 25, 2013
McAdams third in state powerlifting
By BARRY BURLESON
Kieara McAdams said she first thought powerlifting was “just a boy thing.”
But she tried it anyway, at the encouragement of coach Chris Rankin, who was starting a girls team, too, at Holly Springs High School.
That was two years ago, when McAdams was a freshman.
A week and a half ago, the junior placed third at the state powerlifting meet in Jackson. She competed in the 105-pound weight class and lifted 520 total pounds in squat, bench and deadlift.
“I recruited her pretty hard,” Rankin said. “I guaranteed her she’d be going to state if she tried it.”
McAdams, also an A and B student who is a member of the National Honor Society, said she loves the challenge of increasing the weight she can lift.
“I didn’t think I could do more than some of the boys, but I actually do,” she said with a big smile. “They find it sort of embarrassing.”
McAdams lifts three and four days a week.
“It took her a while to get used to it,” Coach Rankin said, “and now I can’t keep her out of here (the weight room).
Her dedication was perhaps the most obvious during the north half meet last year.
“She missed going to state by five pounds,” Rankin said. “She had her wisdom teeth removed the day before. I was surprised she even showed up. It was very impressive.”
This year at north half McAdams lifted 495 total pounds in the squat, bench and deadlift to qualify for state. Then at Mississippi Coliseum she increased that to 520, for the third-place finish in Class II girls (3A and 4A).
She definitely knows her goal for next year, her senior season of powerlifting.
“I’m shooting for first place (in the state),” McAdams said.
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