Williams wins state powerlifting meet
Lady Hornet Tricia Williams won the fourth state championship of her career – and her first in powerlifting – at last week’s Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association 1A State Meet in Corpus Christi.
Williams, who also has earned two gold medals in discus and one in shot put at past state track meets, recorded a three-lift total of 1,150 pounds.
She led her weight class and division in every category. Her best squat was 450 pounds, she bench-pressed 300, and deadlifted 400. Her 300-pound bench press beat the second-place finisher in her weight class by 110 pounds.
The Lometa senior also was awarded a $500 scholarship from THSWPA.
“We were all excited,” said Tim Williams, Tricia’s father and coach.
He said the state meet was a good finish to his daughter’s senior season.
The coach also said while the Lady Hornet enjoys lifting, she does not plan to do it competitively at the college level. He said Tricia would focus mainly on track now.
She is the defending Class 1A Division II state champion in discus and shot put, and she has signed a letter of intent to compete for the University of Texas at Arlington track and field team after high school.
Lampasas also sent one lifter, senior Angelica Sanchez, to the THSWPA state meet.
Sanchez placed 16th in the 123-pound class in the 3A Division.
She squatted 240 pounds, bench-pressed 110 and dead-lifted 255 pounds, reaching a total of 605 pounds.
“Things didn’t really go the way we wanted it,” Lady Badger powerlifting coach Duane Young said.
While the meet ended the THSWPA season, Sanchez qualified earlier for the USA Powerlifting national meet, scheduled March 28- 30 in Killeen.
Young said Sanchez is excited she will have another opportunity to lift, and he said her competition will be March 29.
Lady Badger senior Kenda Wittenburg also qualified for the national meet, and she will compete March 30, Young said.