Return to Headlines

Jim Hill Athletes Power Their Way to Victory in State Powerlifting Championship

April 11, 2022

 Jim Hill Powerlifting team  Jim Hill Powerlifting team







Jim Hill High scholar-athletes Brandon McGee and Kayla Smith won first place in their respective weight classes at the 2022 MHSAA Powerlifting State Championship. Brandon finished first in the 242 lb. weight class with a total weight of 1355 lbs. He is the first male powerlifter to win an individual state championship at Jim Hill High. Kayla finished first in her weight class to win an individual state championship. Smith set records in the squat, 360 lbs.; bench, 165 lbs.; deadlift, 350 lbs.; and total weight, 875 lbs.

Jim Hill’s girls were state runners-up in the recent state championship, and a couple set class 5A state records in their respective weight classes. Those scholar-athletes are:

Scholar Athlete’s Name


Weight Class

Shadiah Robinson

130 lbs. bench

198 Ibs.

Chanell Huntley

130 lbs. bench

220 Ibs.


Shortly after this year’s championship, eight members of the powerlifting team were offered scholarships from Blue Mountain College, a small Christian college located in northeast Mississippi 40 minutes from Tupelo and an hour from Memphis. “For a long time, there were no opportunities to continue powerlifting after high school for athletes in the state of Mississippi. Now, there is,” said Jerrell Howell, head powerlifting coach at Blue Mountain College. “It is not just the opportunity to continue powerlifting, it is an opportunity to get an education and open doors for so many young athletes that they didn’t know could open and on scholarship, making college more affordable for more powerlifting athletes.”