Poteau’s Jackson Sommers wins state powerlifting championship

Poteau (Okla.) athlete Jackson Sommers (left) recently won a state title in powerlifting. 
(Submitted photo)
Poteau (Okla.) athlete Jackson Sommers (left) recently won a state title in powerlifting. (Submitted photo)

Jackson Sommers of Poteau, Okla., won the Oklahoma Powerlifting Coaches Association state championship last weekend in the large-school division of the 146-157 pound weight class.

Sommers had a total lift of 1,270 pounds in the three lifts of squat, deadlift and bench press.

Sommers had a squat of 450 pounds and deadlift of 495 but won his championship behind a bench press of 325 pounds, which was 50 pounds more than his closest competitor in the event and 80 pounds more than the second-place finisher.

"Some kids are naturally good at certain lifts, and he's really good at bench," Poteau Coach Greg Werner said. "That cat's really worked, and his work ethic is unmatched. He took something that he's really good at and really outworked everybody. He worked so hard at it. He lifts with us, then he goes and lifts at night. He goes to bed lifting and wakes up lifting."

Only 10 lifters -- regardless of weight division -- had a better bench press than Sommers at the state meet.

Sommers finished fourth last year also with the best bench press of his weight class with a lift of 295 pounds.

"As soon as football was over, that's all he talked about," Werner said. "He's so self-motivated. That was his whole goal. He wanted to win it, and he did."

Sommers broke his collarbone in the first pre-season football scrimmage game and came back in week 8 of football season, played significantly in week 9, played sparingly in a blowout in week 10 and then three games in the playoffs but still rushed for 541 yards and 8 touchdowns on just 53 carries. He also caught two passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he had 13 tackles with 8 solo tackles and 3 1/2 for loss.

"He broke his collarbone and sat out until game 8, then comes back and has an unbelievable last few games of the season," Werner said. "Then he won the powerlifting. It was a great tribute to him and his work ethic. Coming back from breaking his collarbone and lifting like that. He's special."


The Wister Wildcats have won the last three LeFlore County Baseball Tournaments, and they are the top seed in this year's tournament that begins on Monday at host Whitesboro and sub-sites Poteau and Wister.

Panama, with Oklahoma State signee Brex Caldwell, is the No. 2 seed followed by Cameron, Poteau, Spiro and Pocola. Talihina is the seventh seed followed by Arkoma, Howe, Whitesboro, Heavener, LeFlore and Bokoshe.

Wister beat Poteau, 7-2, in last year's championship game.

The seeds were also announced earlier this week for the LeFlore County slow-pitch Softball Tournament, which begins April 9.

Defending champion Pocola earned the top seed with Howe second and Panama third followed by Whitesboro, Spiro, Heavener, Leflore, Talihina, Cameron and Arkoma.


The Waldron Lady Bulldogs set a meet record in the 4x800 relay with Cali Hargis, Kelly Ledesma, Ailey Ledesma and Emily Defoor running a time of 9:14.28.

Hargis, Ashadan Perrault, Madi Edgar and Seandraia Brown also led Waldron to first place in the 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter relays.

Brown also won the 100-meter dash. Perrault also won the 400-meter dash.

Julia Wetherington of Greenwood won the 1600-meter run, Maddison Hearron won the triple jump, Jailynn Sims of Magazine won the shot put and discus, Ivy Gage of Ozark won the pole vault, Booneville's Lyddia Franklin won the 100-meter hurdles, Waldron's Sadie Espinoza won the 300-meter hurdles, Piper Ames of Greenwood won the 800-meter dash.

The Greenwood Bulldogs won two of four relays at the Mansfield Tiger Relays on Thursday.

Kyston Quick, Tremon Hunt, Blaze McDaniel and Isaiah Arrington won the 4x100 relay with Cooper Goodwin, Wesley Raggio, Eli Siddons and Easton Thornsberry won the 4x200 relay.

Waldron won the 4x400 relay with Damien MacPherson, Zak Jones, Landon Defoor and Keegan Lynch.

Waldron's Kason Davis won the shot put and the 110-meter hurdles.

Steve Grano was the fastest at the relays, winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 11:55 seconds followed by Hackett's Brycen Hamilton, who won the long jump.

Waldron's Levi Brown won the discus, Booneville's Trevor Kraow won the pole vault, Josiah Williams of Mansfield won the 1600-meter and the 3200-meter runs, MacPherson won the 400-meter dash, Silas Spicer of Greenwood won the 300-meter hurdles, Kylon Fielding won the 800-meter run, and Braxton Bartlett won the 200-meter dash.


The Southside Mavericks finished third at the Siloam Springs Panther Relays on Thursday while the Lady Mavericks finished fifth and Van Buren's Lady Pointers finished sixth.

Alma and Van Buren finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the boys.

Samuel Schlegel of Alma won the boys 300-meter hurdles,

Caelynn Hodge of Southside won the girls 400-meter dash.

Van Buren's quartet of Toray Wilford, Andy Thesplama, Talan Jones and Micah Hendrickson won the boys 4x100 relays.

Dwight Johnson of Southside won the 110-meter hurdles.

Kyla and Kinley Jeffcoat finished first and second, respectively, on the girls pole vault for the second meet in a row.

Southside's Carter Zimmerman finished second in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.


Cherish Blackmon won the girls long jump at the Whitey Smith Relay Carnival at Rogers Heritage on Thursday and finished third in the triple jump.

Cam Massey won the boys long jump.


Lamar's Lane Miller won the high jump, finished third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump at the Clarksville Panther Invitational on Tuesday.

Aiden Sanders won the boys pole vault,

In girls, Paige Banning of Clarksville won the 400-meter run and the high jump, Macy Weathers of Clarksville won the 800-meter run, Erin Laster of Clarksville won the pole vault, Emma Bailey of Lamar won the shot put and finished second in the discus, and Brady Ella of Union Christian Academy won the long jump and finished second in the 100-meter hurdles.


Waldron's Gaile Hainley Relays will be held Thursday.

Also, Thursday, the Leonard Daniel Relays will be held at Alma.

Northside will compete in the Fayetteville Bulldog Relays on Friday.

Lamar, Magazine, Mulberry, Scranton and Subiaco Academy will compete in the Sand Lizard Relays at Dardanelle on Friday.

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