The Chickasha power-lifters had an opportunity to measure themselves against statewide competition at the meet in Wewoka on Wednesday.

The Fightin' Chicks had to get up before the break of dawn to make the two-hour drive, departing at 5 a.m.

Five athletes made the trip, and Braxdan Turner medaled by finishing third overall in the 220-pound class. Turner posted a combined weight of 1,320 pounds by squatting 495 pounds, bench-pressing 290 pounds and dead-lifting 535 pounds.

John Phillips placed 9th in the 275-pound weight class (Squat - 435 pounds, Bench - 275, Dead Lift - 445).

Brandon Ryans finished 14th at 198 pounds (Squat - 320, Bench - 295, Dead Lift - 405). His bench press total was fifth-best in the class.

At 275 pounds, Alex Scallion squatted 320 pounds, lifted 205 on the bench press and 370 on the dead lift, all personal bests.

Damon Johnson (220 pounds) posted 210 pounds on the squat, 160 on the bench press and 315 on the dead lift. All his weights were personal bests, as well.

"This meet allowed us to see what the athletes on the east side of the state were doing, and how close we are to competing for state," head coach Larry Coley said.

Coley hopes these five, and possibly more, will compete at regionals in Anadarko on March 2.

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