Billy Hanna, center, of Pontotoc, attempts to lift 450 pounds while being spotted by James Wren of Nettleton during the sixth annual Neshoba County Bench Press Competition. Wren won the men’s overall award. Lou Alex won the women’s overall.
Billy Hanna, center, of Pontotoc, attempts to lift 450 pounds while being spotted by James Wren of Nettleton during the sixth annual Neshoba County Bench Press Competition. Wren won the men’s overall award. Lou Alex won the women’s overall.
The sixth annual Neshoba County Bench Press Competition was held at Family Fitness Saturday. All proceeds from the competition went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

James Wren won the Men's Overall and Lou Alex won the Women's Overall in an event that saw 21 people compete.

The event was sponsored by 19 local businesses and raised $3,825 for St. Jude. In its six years of existence, the event has raised $10,625. Jay Gomillion, owner of Family Fitness, was responsible for putting this event together, and he had helping others on his mind while doing so.

"We wanted to do a fundraiser for a good cause, so we decided St. Jude was the best cause for us and we know people personally who have used St. Jude," Gomillion said.

There were 12 winners in all, but the men's 242-pound division had to be decided by body weight since three lifters benched 425 pounds.

Women's winners included KK Bounds (teen), Maggie Eubanks (114 pounds), Dori Peden (148 pounds), Breanna Johnson (165 pounds), and Lou Alex (198 pounds).

Men's teens winners were Lane Belk (class 1), Dalton Hanna (class 2; 181 pounds), Tanner John (class 2; 242 pounds), and Colby Cumberland (class 3; 198 pounds).

Men's winners were Dan Moody (242 pounds), Joshua Sullivan (275 pounds), and James Wren (masters division).

Gomillion enjoys seeing people from different places at the competition, especially when new faces show up.

"Around here you don't have a lot of guys dedicated to lifting," he said. "When you've got people coming from all over the state, you know the word is getting out."