Corsicana’s Michael Solomon and Hayden Grounds weerily battled the field on a record-breaking day at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet.

The two Tigers lifters finished ninth in their respective weight classes among 350 of the best in the state. According to coach Kyle Burch, about every 10 minutes, the public address announcer reported state records falling one after another. Even Silsbee graduate Marcus Henry’s 16-year-old record of 2,000 pounds was broken Saturday.

Grounds and Solomon had to weigh-in Saturday morning and both had competed in other athletic events Friday. Grounds played in Corsicana’s 12-inning game against Ennis and Solomon participated in the Gene Bullard Relays. Solomon also suffered a back spasm after he finished his part of the 1600-meter relay.

Burch said he could tell Solomon’s back was bothering him on the squat. Solomon missed his first attempt, then took off some weight for the second. The senior did not attempt a third squat.

“I’m not making excuses for him,” Burch said. “He gritted his teeth on the second one, we decided that was enough, we didn’t want to risk injury.”

Solomon, who qualified for the state tournament in the 165-pound class with 1,240 pounds, lifted 1,205 Saturday. Grounds lifted his same total that qualified him for the state meet in the 132-pound class — 1,010 pounds.

Burch was proud of his senior lifters, who spent roughly 12 hours at the event.

“Hayden did good. Solly ran the track meet yesterday and Hayden’s game was over at 10 (p.m.), they both slept about four hours,” Burch said. “They lifted hard and competed hard. They were just a little worn out.”

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