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MHSPLA State Meet at Ionia High

Maple Valley junior Quentin Faynor set a new state record at 370 pounds

Thu, Mar 14, 2019
Maple Valley junior Quentin Faynor competes in the dead lift during the MHSPLA State Meet at Ionia High School Saturday.
Staff Writer
Maple Valley junior Quentin Faynor set a new state record at 370 pounds for bench press in his weight class at the Michigan High School Powerlifting Association State Meet Saturday at Ionia High School.

But on the dead lift his 530-pound lift proved a bit more than his body could handle and he passed out. Faynor lifted the weights, dropped them, and then fell backwards.

“I could see what was happening, but I couldn't stop it,” Faynor said.

Things went black when he hit the floor and he woke up about 10 seconds later to a group of coaches around him. Faynor smiled when talking about the experience, and said it showed how much he had pushed himself.

He's shooting for an even heavier total when he is a senior next year.

Ultimately Faynor took second in his 220-pound weight class after combining his 370 bench press and 530 dead lift with his 425 pound squat, for a 1325 total. He took second place to Kaleb Bastien of Ionia, who had a 1415 total, with a 325 bench press.

It is Faynor's third state record, after breaking the records for bench press and total weight for junior varsity in his 207-pound weight class last year. Faynor's bench press in 2018 was 335 pounds and he put together a total lift of 1300 pounds.

All four members of the Maple Valley varsity powerlifting team qualified for the state meet. This was first year powerlifting was officially considered a varsity sport at the school.

Lion senior Britani Shilton took seventh in her women's varsity 155-pound weight class with a 620 pounds total; senior Breanna Seavolt took 18th with a 530 pound total in the women's varsity 132-pound weight class. First-year powerlifter Cameron Wells took 28th place with a 455 total in the same weight class as Seavolt.

Lakewood's Alicia Wernette placed in the top ten in her varsity 123-pound weight class, putting together a total lift of 515 pounds.
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