Creek’s Lillo, Enterkin shine at Powerlifting America Nationals

Lauren Enterkin (left) and Lawson Lillo (right) competed at the Powerlifting America Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Courtesy Photo)

By Malcolm Butler

Cedar Creek’s Lawson Lillo and Lauren Enterkin aren’t taking the summer off.

At least not from the powerlifting circuit.

The duo competed at the Powerlifting America Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona, this past weekend and represented their school and their community well.

“This past weekend Lauren and Lawson competed in the Sub-Junior (14-18 year old) age category at the meet,” said Creek coach Jacob Angevine. “I was proud of both of them for their performances.”

Lillo placed first in the 74kg weight class and also won the Sub-Junior men’s best lifter award. He recorded lifts of 490.5 pounds in the squat, 396 pounds on the bench press, 479.5 pounds in the deadlift for a total of 1,366 pounds.

With his performance, Lillo has also been invited to compete at the IPF Sub-Junior World Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in August.

None of Lillo’s success this weekend should be a surprise.

After all, the Cedar Creek star set the state composite bench press record for the 148-pound weight class during this year’s regional powerlifting meet held at Calvary Baptist Academy in late February.

Enterkin also had a strong showing, placing second in a tough 69kg weight class on the girls side.

Enterkin, a member of the Lady Cougars state championship teams each of the last two years, proved why she was named the Most Outstanding Heavy Platform Lifter at this year’s state meet where she totaled  890 pounds to earn the individual state title in the 165-pound weight class.

Her lifts Saturday included 353 pounds in the squat, 204 pounds on the bench press, 330 pounds in the deadlift for a total of 887 pounds.

Enterkin was invited to compete in the North American Championships for the USA in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.