Marissa Lutz signs with powerlifting power

Marissa Lutz is surrounded by Lone Oak teammates and friends as she signs a letter of intent to compete in powerlifting at national champion Midland University of Fremont, Neb.

  LONE OAK — Two-time state powerlifting champion   Marissa Lutz of Lone Oak has signed a letter of intent with the top college powerlifting program in the nation.

  Lutz is headed to national champion Midland University of Fremont, Neb., which is one of the few college programs that offer scholarships in the sport.

  Lutz has dominated the girls’ 181-pound class in Texas high school powerlifting for the past two seasons. Since the beginning of the 2018 season, Lutz has won first place in her weight class at every meet including regionals and state.

  This year she set Class 3A state records at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state championship with her squat of 475 pounds, her bench press of 305 pounds and her total weight lifted of 1,205 pounds, breaking her previous 2018 total mark of 1,135 pounds. Lutz also handled 425 pounds in the deadlift.

  Teammate Tristyn Boone also won the 148-pound class with 935 pounds as Lone Oak captured the state 3A team championship.

  Lutz squatted 460, benched 275 and hoisted 400 in the deadlift to win the 181-pound Class 3A title in 2018. Lone Oak placed 10th in the team standings that year.

Midland University won both the men’s and women’s team titles at the 2019 USA Powerlifting Collegiate Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. The national championship was the second straight for the Midland men and the first for the Midland women. Eight lifters from Midland captured national individual titles.

  Midland’s head coach Tim Anderson previously coached with the USA World Bench Press Team and is a former International Powerlifting Federation Masters world champion.

  Lutz plans to major in athletic training.