The Dayton Broncos are putting on the pounds? Pounds that could result in a state title for the Dayton High School Powerlifting team. Senior Daniel Moreno (2011 regional qualifier) in the 123 pound weight class leads the Broncos’ squad. In two meets this season, Moreno has one first and one second place finish to his credit. At the Katy Mayde meet, Moreno won his weight class with a total lift of 905 pounds. At the recent Alief-Taylor Powerlifting meet, he finished second with a total lift of 910 pounds.
Powerlifting consists of three lifts; squat, bench press, and dead lift. In the 1950’s, these lifts which were once known as the “odd lifts began to take center stage. In 1958, the AAU’s National Weightlifting Committee decided to begin recognizing records for ‘odd lifts’. The sport of powerlifting in Texas is governed by the Texas High School Powerlifting Association (THSPA). Although not a UIL sport, the parameters remain as athletes can become regional qualifiers and state champions. The top ten in each of Texas’ six regions will qualify for regionals.
Junior Ryan McBride who led a sweep of Dayton lifters in the 165 pound weight class at Katy Mayde is in line to be one of those qualifiers. Currently ranked ninth in the region, McBride won with a total lift of 1150 pounds. Senior Bobby Goss finished second with a lift of 1120 pounds while sophomore Daniel Douglas had a total of 1080 pounds.
Powerlifting is a sport that requires physical and mental strength. It requires a dedication to a strict regimen of lifting and eating. In Dayton, you can find underclassmen lifting during the athletic period as well as after school 3 days per week. The upperclassmen lift four days a week after school. In order to maximize their effectiveness at these lifts athletes typically train with a cyclical routine. A common split is to give each of the three lifts a day where exercises designed to increase that lift are performed. This regimen allows the competitors to focus on strength and explosiveness. Head Coach BJ Whitehead said, “It’s not just about lifting weights. You have to work equipment and lift on commands.”
Outside the weight room, the competitors have to learn to manage their weight since they literally compete in various weight classes ranging from 114 pounds to over 275 pounds. Each athlete, parent and coach must sign an affidavit verifying that the competitor is drug free.
This season the team has competed twice finishing second at the Katy Mayde meet in early February, sixth at the Alief-Taylor meet in mid- February and tenth in a 23 team field at the HISD Powerlifitng meet on February 25th. Regional qualifiers are expected to be announced on Wednesday February 29th. Four Dayton lifters are in line to lift at regionals including Moreno, McBride, Matthew Oubre and Donovan Jackson.
The current Dayton squad is composed of the following athletes; Daniel Moreno (123lb), Ryan McBride (165), Bobby Goss (165b), Daniel Douglas (165lb), Jamaud St. Andre (181lb), Nathaniel Ozen (181lb),Toney Robinson (198lb), Donovan Jackson (220lb), Cameron Eiland (220lb), Jeffrey Holstein (220lb), Charles Toussant (242lb), Matthew Oubre (275lb) and Jacob Butterfield (Super Heavyweight) and managers Kevin Barton and Tyler Helton
“Regardless of who advances to the regionals on March 10th, this team is very loyal and very dedicated; to sum it up we’re a family.” Said Coach Whitehead.