Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 21, 2014

GC powerlifting: Boys State meet -- Kerens' Hall ready for strong finish

By Ron Morgan
Corsicana Daily Sun

KERENS — His real strength might just be in his confidence.

Anyone who knows Tavion Hall knows that.

And that’s why the football players and powerlifters at Kerens have no trouble believing Hall when he says he’s ready for a career high when he competes in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association boys state tournament on Saturday in Abilene.

Hall is the only powerlifter from the Golden Circle making the trip to state. He qualified by lifting a total of 1,290 pounds and finishing second in the Class 1A-2A regional meet in Elkhart, where the top two lifters advanced to the state meet.

So what does he plan on lifting Saturday at state?

“I lifted 1,290 at region,’’ Hall said. “When I get to state I’m going to be around 1,400.’’

He means it.

Hall hasn’t had to compete since the regional meet on March 1, and he left that meet with the goal of making a big leap when he gets to state.

Several powerlifters from the Golden Circle qualified for the regional meet. Dawson’s Will Miller, Brodie Cantu and Dalton Long all competed. Blooming Grove’s Daniel Camarillo, Rice’s Chris Atchley and Mildred’s Keanu Fathal all qualified for the regional meet in Elkhart.

But Hall, who is one of Kerens’ top football players, was the only one to punch a ticket to Abilene.

Hall, a junior, has been lifting for three years and this is his first trip to the state meet, but he plans on making a name for himself, and his coach believes Hall is ready.

“He’s been off for three weeks, and we’ve had three weeks to prepare for (the state meet),’’ said Kerens powerlifting coach Clay Ard, who took over the program this year. “He has really been working hard. He’s worked to prepare for it.’’

Hall’s cousin, Hannah Hall, won the girls THSPA state tittle in the 220-pound weight class last weekend in Corpus Christi. She had always wanted to be a powerlifter since grade school.

Tavion Hall said it just made sense for him to participate in the sport.

“I’ve always been strong,’’ said Hall, who is in the 185-pound weight class. “It’s something I like to do. I’ve worked and feel good about it.’’

There are three lifts — the bench-press, the squat and the deadlift — and the total weight of all three determines where a powerlifter places in the meet.

Hall had a 455-pound squat, a 290-pound bench-press and he cleared 545 pounds in the deadlift at the regional meet.

 He plans to surpass all those numbers on Saturday.

“He has prepared to do it,’’ Ard said. “His goal is to finish in the top 10 at state, and if he does he’ll have a chance to medal. The top five get medals.’’

Hall plans to be one of them.