Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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20190510 PioneerSigning 1Sharyland Pioneer High School Seniors Obed Hernandez and Coy Burrows have spent the last few years competing in powerlifting together at their high school. Now, they will do the same at the collegiate level.

Both athletes signed letters of intent to compete in powerlifting at the University of Texas San Antonio during a ceremony held Friday, May 10. Hernandez is a four-year letterman in powerlifting and a two-time state medalist in the 198lb class. Hernandez won the state championship as a junior and was the silver medalist this year as a senior.

“UTSA has an amazing track record on the national level and I wanted to be part of that,” Hernandez said. “I knew I was going to powerlift in college since my freshman year. I’m good at it. Pioneer has given me a structured way to hone my craft, have fun and get better and see other people with likeminded interests. I am prepared for UTSA.”

Hernandez said he plans to major in health science with a focus in strength and conditioning.

Burrows is also a four-year letterman in powerlifting and has been part of the Pioneer program for four years. Burrows was a regional qualifier for two years and a state qualifier this year.

Burrows said he picked UTSA due to its proximity to his hometown.

“San Antonio is close, I love the city and I can see my family whenever we miss each other,” Burrows said.

Though he still hasn’t decided what he will major in, Burrows adds that he’s excited to grow as an athlete.

“I have room to grow, this is just the beginning,” Burrows said. “I just love seeing progress, it’s what drives me.”

Roland Neal, the boy’s powerlifting coach, praised both of his students.

“They’re dedicated, hardworking and driven. I want to thank them for their dedication to the sport and their school,” Neal said at the signing ceremony. “I have no doubt in my mind these two young men are gonna change lives in the future.”