ORLANDO — Denison junior Kailey Jones set a pair of national powerlifting records in her age group at the 35th annual U.S. Powerlifting Open National Championships over the weekend.


Jones won with a record 1,080 pounds and as part of that set the mark by squatting 462 pounds. Her effort also allowed her to be selected to the U.S. national team.


Jones earned the state championship in her weight class (181 pounds) in March when she was on the right side of a tie-breaker with College Station’s Katie Lollar at a total of 1,140 pounds, which is a state record at the weight class. She got there by deadlifting 445 pounds, which is also a state record at that weight class.