AFTON — Culver-Stockton College was a perfect fit for former Afton Eagle Briar Julian.
Julian signed a letter of intent with the Canton, Missouri, school that is a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
“It seemed like a perfect fit for me,” said Julian. “It has the small-town atmosphere. The kids all seem to get along real well.”
One thing that intrigued the Wildcat coaching staff was Julian’s eye-popping numbers in powerlifting.
“The 198 class year-to-year is one of the toughest and he won it handily,” former Afton head coach Zach Gardner said. “That is really impressive. With his work ethic, I expect him to have a lot of success at the next level. His work ethic alone kinda separates himself.”
Julian’s best performances were 325 pounds in the bench press, 500 in the squat and 550 in the deadlift.
Both the squat and deadlift PRs came in the state meet last month in El Reno, which he totaled 1,365 pounds.
That capped an amazing senior year for Julian, who also was a key cog in the Eagles’ march to the Class A state football title as a running back and linebacker.
The powerlifting state title was the third straight for Afton.
“We worked hard as a team and stayed together,” Julian said. “All that working in the weight room really brought us together as a team, a strong team.”
Julian was the co-defensive player of the year in District A-7.
Julian had 64 tackles, including 29 solos. He had three sacks, which resulted in 11 yards in losses, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.
He also was a four-event qualifier for the 2017 Class A state track meet, 100-meter dash, the 400 and the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.
The 4x4 was second and the 4x1 placed sixth.
Julian also was fifth in the 400.
“He played injured a little bit late in the year,” Gardner said. “He is healthy now and had a good off-season. I think they have great expectations for him.”