On the eve of the Texas High School Powerlifting Association’s Region 2, Division 3 championship meet March 14 in West, the University Interschlastic League (UIL) suspended all UIL-sanctioned contests due to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). As a result, the THSPA promptly followed suit.
Likewise, the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association postponed the Division 3 State Championship meet scheduled for March 20 in Waco.
For the Clifton Lady Cubs, the uncertainty of what comes next developed after taking third place as a team at the THSWPA Region 2, Division 3 Championships March 7 at Academy. With three Lady Cubs qualifying for the state meet, senior Kamryn Kettler took the gold medal in the 181-pound class to secure her third consecutive trip to state, senior Sutton Finney captured the silver in the 132-pound class to qualify, and senior Katelyn Hunt grabbed the bronze in the 105-pound class and advance.
Other Lady Cub medalists were senior Maddie Burk placing fifth in the 148-pound class, while Grace Countryman finished fifth in the 165-pound class. Sara Slater and Beth Ann McMillan also competed regional and produced their best totals of the year.
“We had a great day,” Clifton powerlifting head coach Brent Finney said. “These girls all lifted their very best at the regional meet and competed intensely. Having three qualify and five medal just shows how hard these girls have worked over the past three or four years.”
Kettler, Finney and Burk competed as four-time regional qualifiers, Hunt and McMillian returned to regionals for the third time, while Slater and Countryman were making their first trip to the regional meet.
For the Clifton boys, senior Joel Santillan advanced to the THSPA Region 2, Division 3 Championship meet for the fourth straight season, looking for his three consecutive trip to state. Santillan qualified for regionals as the sixth-ranked lifter in the 148-pound class with a three-lift total of 1,015 pounds, which included a squat of 375, a bench press of 245 and a dead lift of 395.
“The boys are very young this year with just one returning letterman in Joel,” Finney said. “This break is tough on the kids, primarily because they have to maintain their body weight in the class that they qualified. Not being able to get in the weight room and work out is also tough on them.”
Other Heart of Texas boys regional qualifiers include Dublin leading the way with nine lifers: Miguel Gallegos (123), Ricky Lopez (123), Arnoldo Mareno (132), Stuart Cortez (181), Johnny Jurado (198), Bernie Ortega (220), Michael Stanley (242), Victor Juarez (275), Stran Burrow (SHW); followed by West with eight lifters: Ruben Salazar (123), Ryan Williams (123), Trevor Uptmor (132), Caidn Kocian (132), Billy Gann (165), Silas Prickett (181), Lawson Kendrick (198), Ruben Vera (242); Moody with six lifters: Gavin Green (148), TraShawn Hill (165), Dylan Froehlich (220), Brandon Bartek (SHW), Jayce McBride (SHW), Davis Orr (SHW); Bosqueville with four lifters: Larson Hoffmeyer (165), Dauvo McDonald (165), Jagger Summa (242), Michael Hare (275); Bruceville-Eddy with four lifers: Isrrael (114), Romuoldo Rosas (114), Curtis Hughling (181), Hunter Carter (220); Comanche with four lifters: Yancy Perkins (114), Aaron Suniga (148), Xavier Herrera (220), Jeron Conine (SHW); McGregor with four lifters: Khyran Jones (132), Colby Franks (220), Oliver Jenkins (220), Domeniss McFadden (SHW); Rio Vista with four lifters: Jacob Foster (123), Kody Arsenault (165), Brent Batch (242), Ethan Cumins (275); Whitney with four lifters: Dalton Wooten (132), Colby Bolig (148), Mason Wooten (181), Shawntay Owens (275); Crawford with two lifters: Luis Rodriguez (123), Jake Knuppel (SHW); Hico with two lifters: Jayden Crouch (123), Damon McClary (242); Itasca with two lifters: Bernardo Garcia (132), Robert Scott (SHW); Tolar with two lifters: Braegen Berry (198), Bannon Stump (242); Jacob Bayer (SHW) of Grandview, and Justin Baha (181) of Riesel.
Photos by DAVID HARDING
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