HARTSHORNE — The upstart Kingston powerlifting program got another boost Saturday.
The Redskins qualified five lifters for the state meet — the largest number in recent memory. Jaime Furister, Garrett Schulze, Keldon Risinger, Adam Wild and Joseph Moreno are all headed for competition at state after strong showings Saturday at Hartshorne. The Small-School State Powerlifting Championships will be at McLoud Saturday.
“We did pretty well as a team, also,” head coach John Caraway said. “I didn’t see the official team results, but I think we got third. We were right in the mix all day long.”
Furister, who qualified for state for the second consecutive year, took his first regional title by posting an impressive overall total of 810 pounds. He won two of the three events, taking first in the bench press and the dead lift, and finishing second in the squat. The performance ranks Furrister number 2 in the state, behind only the 900-pound output of Song Cha of Wyandotte.
Senior Garrett Schulze took second place in the 220-pound division with a total score of 1,140. Schulze benched 255 pounds, squatted 435 and dead-lifted 460.
Adam Wild placed fourth at 123 pounds, and Keldon Risinger took fourth at 132. Joseph Moreno earned a berth at state as an additional qualifier in the 145-pound division.
The number of athletes going to state may be a school record. Caraway said he doesn’t know with certainty whether or not any teams in Kingston’s history have qualified as many as five athletes for state in powerlifting.
“But either way, it was a great job and I’m proud of them,” Caraway said.