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IPHS senior sets three world records
at AAU meet in Las Vegas

Iowa Park High School senior Dalton Adkins competed this past weekend in the AAU World Powerlifting Meet in Las Vegas, Nevada, and not only won first place in the 148 pound weight class, but set three world records in the process.
Adkins, son of Shane and Leslie Adkins of Iowa Park, began with the squat competition, clearing 205 kilos (451.9 pounds) to top the old world record of 192.78 kilos (425 pounds) set in 1998.
According to Shane, Dalton just missed a 475-pound attempt on technical errors.
In the second stage of competition – the bench press – Adkins benched 160 kilos (352.7 pounds), topping the old record of 135 kilos (297.62 pounds) that had held since 2012.
Adkins finished off the eveing with a dead lift of 202.5 kilos (446.4 pounds). This gave him a total of 567.4 kilos (1,251.1 pounds), beating the old record of 556 kilos (1,225.76 pounds).
The compact, intense and good-looking 18-year-old spoke Tuesday of his success in Vegas.
“It (his weight class) was not age-specific,” he noted. “In the meet I was at, and even just in AAU, there would be 10-year-olds all the way up to 76.
“I engaged the competition the same way as the state contest,” he continued. “I would mentally prepare for it, get my mind focused on what I need to do. It’s like any other meet. All I think about is lifting the weights.
“In breaking those records, I think I’ve worked real hard and feel like I’ve earned it. It is a big inspiration for me to do better and better so when high school powerlifting comes around, I’ll be trying to reach my peak.”
Adkins actually began lifting weights before junior high, then became serious in powerlifting his freshman year, earning a trip to state the past three years in different weight classes (114 pound class in ninth grade, 126 class, and junior year in the 132 class).
“This year, we are planning on going back to state again, in the 148s.”
Asked what interested him in powerlifting, Adkins answered “Well, it was kind of like a family thing. Because I saw my cousin (Brooks Blakemore) and how big he was and in weightlifting, and he inspired me to begin lifting weights.”
Asked who his mentors have been through the years in powerlifting, Adkins said “Mainly my dad, because he has been there to help me out a whole lot. And also the coaches and many of my friends.”
He singled out Coach Mike Zimmer “for being a big part of my high school career. He helped develop good form, how to work the suits, and do all the techniques right. It encouraged me greatly.”
It is easy to see how far the young Hawk has progressed, starting with his 800-pound total as a freshman, a 1,120-pound total in last year’s state meet, to the current 1,251 total as a senior.
In the bench event at state last year, Adkins cleared 295 pounds, making his 350-pound total in Vegas a few months later even more impressive.
Asked what he hopes to achieve his final high school year in powerlifting, Adkins said “In the past six seven years in the 148 weight class if you got a 1,300 total, that would automatically qualify you for a medal. I’m hoping to reach that goal, and even improve a whole lot more, and possibly even be a state champion.”
Following graduation from Iowa Park, Adkins plans to attend South Plains College in Levelland where he hopes to continue working on weights while working on a degree in Kinesiology, and eventually complete his studies at Texas Tech University.