Former Almont graduate, Byron McCowen, earned weight class champion honors at the U.S. Powerlifters Winter Smash in Nevada.

ALMONT — Byron McCowen, a 1999 graduate of Almont High School, earned the distinction of weight class champion at the United States Powerlifters Winter Smash competition on Saturday, December 10.

McCowen won the 100kg weight class.

His pacesetting performance included a squat lift of 507.1 pounds; a bench press of 369.3 pounds; and a deadlift of 622.8 pounds.

His bench press, deadlift and total are state records for his weight class in the state of Nevada.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.