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2017-02-16

LadyBulldog powerlifters raise the bar

By Steve Golemon Special to the Courier

For the fourth time during the 2017 powerlifting season, at least one of the LadyBulldogs attended her first powerlifting meet ever when Bandera traveled to the East Central Hornet Invitational Powerlifting Meet on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Although none of the ten LadyBulldogs brought home a medal, all competed extremely well, as all recorded their best weight totals of the year by improving in at least two of the three lifts. Six of the ten schools competing at the meet were Division 1 schools, which means that they are either 5A or 6A schools, yet the LadyBulldogs were competing at a higher level than most of the Division 1 girl entries in each of the weight classes where Bandera had entries.
Three LadyBulldogs finished in fourth place, just one place away from bringing home a third place medal and as a result contributed points to the team point total. Junior Ivy Rodriguez finished fourth in her weight class with a total weight of 725 pounds, which was an increase of 50 pounds from the week before. Rodriguez significantly improved her squat and her deadlift totals.
Freshman Caitlin Watson, also, finished fourth in her weight class with a total weight of 510 pounds, which was ten pounds better than her previous best weight total. Watson achieved the weight total gain by improving her bench press and her deadlift. The other LadyBulldog that finished fourth was freshman Kimberley Salinas, with 585 pounds, which was 40 pounds better than her previous weight total. Like Ivy Rodriguez, Kimberley showed significant improvement in both the squat and the deadlift.
Two LadyBulldogs added to Bandera’s team point by finishing fifth. Competing in only her second powerlifting meet and her first Varsity powerlifting meet, sophomore Jazlynn Lewis achieved a fifth place finish in her weight class by bettering all three of her lifts (squat, bench press, and deadlift) to give her a weight total of 695 pounds, which was an increase of 90 pounds from her previous meet. The other LadyBulldog to finish fifth in her weight class was freshman Xeauna Rodriguez, who improved her bench press and deadlift to give her a weight total of 490 pounds, which was 50 pounds better than her previous best weight total.
Just missed contributing to the team scoring total was freshman Caitlyn Thrasher, who finished sixth in her weight class with a total of 475 pounds. Thrasher’s weight total increase of 45 pounds was the result of improvement in the squat and deadlift.
Like sophomore Lewis, junior Ally Elkins, the only returning Lady Bulldog powerlifter from the 2016 powerlifting season, recorded a personal best in all three lifts (squat, bench press, and deadlift) for a weight total of 540 pounds. As a result of increasing her weight total by 25 pounds, Elkins finished nineth in her weight class.
Competing in her first ever powerlifting meet, freshman Madelyn Jackson finished eighth in her weight class. Madelyn, who is the smallest Lady Bulldog powerlifter, was only five pounds away from recording a weight total of 300 pounds, which will definitely be surpassed her at the next meet.
Two LadyBulldogs finished tenth in their weight class. Like junior Elkins and sophomore Lewis, freshman Belle Hoover improved all three of her lifts (squat, bench press, and squat) and recorded a weight total of 300 pounds, which surpassed her previous best weight total by 55 pounds.
The tenth place finish in her weight class by Freshman Ofelia Macias was the result of her amassing a weight total of 445 pounds, which was 60 pounds better than her previous best weight total. Macias improved in all three of lifts (squat, bench press, and squat).
Presently, 2017 Bandera LadyBulldog schedule reflects only one more Invitational meet, which is the Texas Strength Systems #3 or Last Chance Qualifiers Meet on Thursday, Feb. 16, however, scheduling conflicts most likely will require that the 2017 Medina Valley Panther Invitational Powerlifting Meet on Saturday, Feb. 18, be added back to the schedule, since regional qualifying spots are at stake.
The Medina Valley Panther Invitational Powerlifting Meet was originally on the schedule, but had been dropped. At this time, at least one of the six possible regional qualifiers will now need to be attend the 2017 Medina Valley Panther Invitational Powerlifting Meet to up her weight total.
Again, the 2017 Region 5 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet will be held in Carrizo Springs on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, and it is hoped that all six of these members of this extremely young team will be able qualify for the 2017 Region 5 Division 2 Powerlfting Meet.