Green Wave brings home state strength titles

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Summerville High School strength and speed team has made some serious noise this spring.
Two members of the team won their division during the South Carolina High School Strength Coaches Association championship meet, including one who set an all-time state record in his class. The team’s coach, Comp McCurry, has also been named the association’s Class AAAA Coach of the Year.
The association has held a state meet for the past 30 years but it had been several years since SHS had participated.
“Of course we have a strength and conditioning program that our athletes participate in but I think the last time we sent a team to the state strength competition was in the late 80’s,” McCurry said. “It is just something we had stopped doing but then Principal Kenny Farrell came to me and suggested that we send a team this year and I’m glad he did.”
Approximately 250 athletes from across the state advanced to this year’s state championships by finishing among the top in their class at regional qualifying meets. They then competed in the bench press, squat and broad jump events during the state meet held at Crestwood High School in Sumter.
Summerville was the only team at the competition to have two state champions.
Summerville’s Jerod Tucker won the 190-pound weight class. He set an all-time, all-class state record in the broad jump with a 123-foot mark and squatted 525 pounds, which was the most for his class. He benched 285, the third best weight for his class.
DJ Gaddist won the 140-pound class. He benched 260 pounds, squatted 340 pounds and had a 96-foot mark in the broad jump. His bench was the best in his class and his squat was the second best.
Summerville’s Michael Powell also had a Top 10 finish, placing fourth in the 160-pound class with a 225-pound bench, 365-pound squat and 113-foot broad jump.
Summerville also had a pair of Top 5 performances at the junior varsity state meet. Jonathan James placed second in the unlimited class with a 290-pound bench, 410-pound squat and 80-foot broad jump. Seth Brown placed third in the 220-pound class with a 220-pound bench, 365-pound squat and 89-foot broad jump.
Other Summerville athletes who qualified for the state meet were Joshua Orr (150), Jacerie Ponder (170), Travis Bryant (180), Adam Blocker (190), Darin Smalls (205), Latrell Walker (220), Darrell Smalls (235), LJ Clark (235), LeAndre Thompson (260), Grant Wactor (unlimited), Reilly Hagan (JV/170) and Chris Felder (JV/205).
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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