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Poth Page: Poth powerlifters begin 2013 season
See the Poth powerlifting team in action Saturday, Feb. 2, in Yorktown.
By Erin Chacón
Powerlifting has officially started. The Poth team traveled to Navarro on Jan. 12. It was quite an experience for the beginners and the returners. I asked what motivates them.
Junior Kolby Janek said, “Um, I love lifting weights.”
Sophomore Kayla Feliciano said, “I wanted to push myself in lifting weights and see how far I will go and hopefully get to Regionals.”
“My music,” said sophomore Jamison Smolka.
I asked how they felt, this being the first meet.
Janek said, “Happy because I love squat.”
“I felt really excited and so pumped up for the meet and finished in third place in my weight class,” said Feliciano.
“Confident and excited,” was Smolka’s contribution.
At the meet, a few members of our team accomplished their goal of placing. Kolby placed fourth in the 220-pound weight class, with a combined total of 1,130 pounds. Rigo Franco placed second in the 114-pound weight class, with a combined total of 590 pounds. Kayla placed third in the 148-pound weight class, with a combined total of 535 pounds. Amber Rangel placed first in the 132.5-pound weight class, with a combined total of 495 pounds. Jamison placed fifth in the 181-pound weight class, with a combined total of 1,010 pounds.
“What do you tell your team to get them motivated?” I asked Coach Tim Bordovsky.
“A lot of the motivation for powerlifting comes from inside the individual, but I occasionally tell them what they need to hear,” he responded.
I also asked what his goal was as a coach.
“Every lifter’s goal is to qualify for regionals/state,” Bordovsky said. “It’s my goal to help them as much as possible to achieve their goal of reaching regionals/state.”
Then I asked some of the newbies how they like powerlifting so far.
Sophomore Bianca Solis said, “I like it so far! It has been fun, and I just hope to push myself to do and be better.”
“I like powerlifting; it is fun,” said freshman Alan Johns.
What are their goals for this year?
“Um, my goal is to get better than how I started off,” said Solis.
Johns said, “My goal is to do well in powerlifting.”
Asked how they think they’ve improved, return powerlifters offered various responses.
From sophomore Amber Rangel: “I’ve gotten stronger since last year.”
Senior Justin Fish said, “Mostly my deadlift.”
I also asked about their goals for this year.
Rangel said, “To go to regionals.”
Fish said, “To do the best I can do.”
Come out and support the team at their next meet in Yorktown on Saturday, Feb. 2, starting about 9 a.m.
Erin Chacón, a sophomore at Poth High School, participates in powerlifting and is a member of the book club and the FCCLA. Erin’s parents are Richard and Melinda Chacón.
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