Powerlifting meets result in success for athletes


Abby Esquibel

Freshman Christopher Allen prepares to squat during the meet.

Grace Nelson, Photo Editor

The powerlifting team had their second meet last Saturday in Archer City.

If I push myself really hard hopefully I will make it to state

— Sophomore Maddie Lopez


In their respective weight classes, senior Victoria Rater placed first; junior Delaini Hanna, first; sophomore Maddie Lopez, second; and sophomore Bailey Grant, second.

In the boys division junior Zane Myracle placed first in his class; freshman Dominic Thomas, first; freshman Chris Allen, fourth; and junior Jacob Wadley, fifth.

Lopez said she feels good about the upcoming season.

On Jan. 18 at Jacksboro, the powerlifting team competed in their first meet. In their respective weight classes, Lopez placed first;  sophomore  Chase Stafford, first; Thomas, first; and Allen, 12th.

Powerlifting coach Tim Pope said that he has high expectations for the lifters and that they are committed to being the best they can be.

Sophomore Chase Stafford said he hopes to make it to state this year.

“I’m not going to put as much weight as I should be doing,” Stafford said. “I don’t want to get hurt again.”

Coach Pope said that first time lifters Thomas and Allen did well for their first meet.

“They all did great for the first meet because generally the first meet is usually rough,” Coach Pope said. “I expect them to reap the rewards of their hard work.”

Allen said powerlifting is fun.

“You have to put a lot of time into it,” Allen said. “I am not nervous because I don’t really have high expectations.