Three Iron Dogs medal at Salem
By Greg Sullivan
The MCHS Iron Dogs traveled to Salem on Saturday for a Georgia Athletic Association Strongman Competition event where three Dogs metaled.
Ryan Childers, Zach Williams and Morton Williams all took home prizes. Childers took fourth in the 151-160 weight class after benching 250 pounds, squatting 355 and power cleaning 245, totaling 850.
Also taking home a fourth place prize, but in the 246-unlimited class, was Morton Williams who benched 340, squatted 415 and power cleaned 275 for a total weight of 1,030.
Childers and Williams earned alternate spots for the upcoming state competition which took the top three finishers in each weight class.
Zach Williams took sixth place in the 151-160 class with a 235 bench, a 335 squat and a 245 power clean, totaling 815.
"I knew Zach and Ryan would do a god job and they were in a tough weight class," said Iron Dogs Coach Clint Jenkins. "Morton just missed on a bench or he would have gone to state."
"It was a real good competition," Jenkins said. "We've just gotta keep working, and that's what we'll do."
Childers and Zach Williams, fourth and sixth place finishes respectively, came in a weight class of 31 lifters.
Marquis Brown, who competed at last year's state competition, was very close to medaling with his seventh place finish at 206-225.
Other strong showing were Tyrell Foster who took eighth at 141-150, Brandon Horton who took eighth at 226-245, Stiara Mathis finished 10th at 226-245, finishing 11th in their classes were Ernest Reid, and Derrick Binion. Matt Hensley turned in a 12th place showing.
Although he said he would have like to see some players qualify for the state competition, Jenkins said he was pleased with the overall effort from his lifters.
"I brought the guys over there that would be competitive," he said. "The kids went over there and the kids did a good job."