During Southern Powerlifting Federation state meet.

A trio of St. James powerlifters recently set national records in their respective weight and age classes during the Southern Powerlifting Federation (SPF) Missouri State Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships, held Oct. 26 at Strong Gym in Springfield, Mo.

Cash Bliss, lifting in the Masters Division, benched pressed 420 pounds and deadlifted 700 pounds. He had the biggest deadlift of the day.
Ryan Lenox competed in the Sub-Masters Division and bench pressed 355 pounds while pulling a 555-pound deadlift.

And Austin Lenox competed in the Teen Division, benching 380 pounds and deadlifting 550 pounds. Austin Lenox also got a 585-pound deadlift up, but that lift was not counted due to hitching.

One of the officials running the event was former Rolla resident Ed Finnell.

Bliss, Ryan Lenox and Austin Lenox train at Vessell's Fitness Complex in Rolla.