By Coach Lonnie Flippin
Elvis Tarango continued to dominate the 148 pound class of powerlifters in West Texas. Tarango competed in Fort Stockton on Saturday, February 11 and won the competition going away. His 1180 pound total lift was 60 pounds better that his nearest competitor from Andrews. Keep in mind, this young man is competing against lifters, not from Class A schools, but 2A and 3A schools like Andrews, Pecos, Fort Stockton, Kermit, Crane, Alpine, and Monahans.
Tarango continues to pile up personal records with each competition. His bench press of 270 was his personal best as was his 430 pound squat. He then finished off the day with a lift of 480 pounds in the deadlift, yet another personal best. His 1180 pounds was 35 pounds better than his last competition. He is current ranked second in the state and appears to be leading his closest competitor by 25 pounds. The state leader, at this time, is a lifter from Seagraves who has lifted 1325 pounds at one meet this year. This youn g man has won the state championship the last two years in two different weight classes so Elvis has his work cut out for him.
Tarango will close out the regular season at Pecos on February 25th but he has already qualified for the regional competition in Sundown on March 11. Four of the top five lifters in the state are in this region so Tarango will be going up against his stiffest competition of the year at that time in an attempt to win a trip to the state meet in Abilene. He would automatically qualify to the state meet if he lifts 1200 pounds at the regional meet, and if he continues to progress at the same rate he currently is, that almost seems to be a sure thing.