Hallsville 11-year-old joins Show-Me State Games powerlifting competition

Saturday, July 20, 2013 | 6:08 p.m. CDT; updated 10:06 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 20, 2013

COLUMBIA — Madeline Gresham blended in with the purple shirts around her as she ascended the steps to the stage to bench press at Lange Middle School. Wearing her own purple shirt with rolled up sleeves, she scooted back on the bench to get in position. Her father slid 10-pound weights under her feet so they remained level. Opening with 55 pounds, she was one of the first people on the stage.