Congratulations to senior Colin McIntyre who has qualified for the Michigan High School Powerlifting Association (MHSPLA) State Finals, scheduled for March 9 at Lake Orion High School.
Although he weighs 230 lbs., Colin competed in the 242 lb. weight class in the Oxford Regional Powerlifting State Qualifier meet on January 20, 2024.
His total for three lifts was 1400 lbs., exceeding the next person in his weight class by 300 lbs.
Although Colin had already qualified for the March state meet, he participated in another regional meet on February 10 at Troy Athens High School. He won his weight class again by 300 lbs. He improved his weight total to 1460 lbs., and is the #1 weightlifter going into the State meet on March 9 at Lake Orion High School.
Coached by his dad who has experience as a strength and conditioning coach, Colin’s January event was his first foray into competition. He has an eye on the state records in his weight class.
He lifted 615 lbs in the dead lift category; the state record is 650 lb., set in 2018
And he is getting ready for spring lacrosse; a four-year player, he plays attack on the DLS Varsity.
Before heading to Michigan Tech in the Upper Peninsula, where Colin plans to major in mechanical engineering, he plans to continue playing summer baseball.
Why Michigan Tech?
“I like the cold, I love the school, and I love the location,” Colin said. “I like outdoor activities like snowmobiling and snowboarding.”
Colin attended Guardian Angels Grade School in Clawson, since his parents worked in an area near the school. The family lives in Clinton Township, however. When Colin spent a day at De La Salle, as part of the Pilot for a Day program, he “absolutely loved it.”
Colin is also a member of the DLS National Honor Society and the Stockmarket Club.
Faculty member Mike Rice says, “Colin is an incredible student with a very bright future. He is involved in the Stock Market Club and always leads feedback in the classroom. He is highly engaged and an exemplary role model for other students.”
Faculty member Dave Dudus also has high praise.
“Colin is an outstanding young man,” Dudus said. “He has been a leader in my classroom all year...always willing to participate. He has that kind of self-motivation and drive where you just know he will be successful in the future...in everything he sets his mind to.”
Colin has taken several Advanced Placement (AP) courses, including U.S. History, Calculus AB, and Microeconomics. He is currently enrolled in AP Calculus BC.
“Colin’s work ethic both in and outside of school is rare to find in a high school teenager,” says faculty member Joe Novak, who teaches the Calculus BC course. “His respectful and disciplined behavior will be missed next year, and I expect nothing but great things from him in the future.”
Colin’s parents are Darryl and Judy; Colin’s older sister Nicole is currently at Albion College.