Elgin high school senior Jordan Hood has been an all-around athlete at Elgin since his freshman year. Last Saturday at the powerlifting state championships in Abilene, he reached the pinnacle of his high school powerlifting career, emerging as state champion.
Not only did Elgin bring home a state champion, but also a third-place team finish. Luis Trujillo took third place in his weight division with a combined total weight of 1,615 pounds. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only seniors were allowed to compete at the state meet.
Hood brought home the title lifting a total of 1,900 pounds. He hit the 730-pound mark on his squat, 465 pounds on the bench, and then deadlifted his way to glory with 705 pounds.
“I was in second place when it came to bench,” Hood said. “Then the deadlift came around and I lifted 100 pounds, more than the individual ahead of me, for the win.”
Becoming a state champion in anything doesn’t just happen overnight: it takes preparation and training.
“I focused and kept thinking to myself that this is it, this is my last meet,” Hood said.
As all efforts to be the best begin at home with family, the mentoring of a great coach also goes a long way.
“This was my first state champion in boys powerlifting, it feels really good,” said coach Chris Mueller. “It was the first ever team trophy at a state meet for Elgin powerlifting.”
The only way the strong in events such as powerlifting get better is by repetition, hard work and determination.
“I’ve worked on my deadlift so many times. As a freshman, I was at 400 pounds, and now 705 pounds,” Hood said.
Throughout the competition there were moments of nervousness by Coach Mueller, but his athletes dug deep down and persevered.
“I was thinking, we're gonna have to battle a bit now, it was something he (Hood) wasn’t used to,” Mueller said.
In the end, Hood and Elgin powerlifting stood tall atop the mountain top.
“He’s a great kid. He has a great family and a great backing,” Mueller said. “ Everyone that supports him supports me and what I do, and I just want to thank them for that.”
Now as state champion, Hood ranks among the best in the state as the second strongest powerlifter in all Texas classes.