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Poth girls compete at regional powerlifting meet
Marisol Palacios — first place and state qualifier
By Erin Chacón
The girls on the Poth powerlifting team traveled to Kingsville for the regional meet on March 1. For two of them, this was their first time competing at regionals so they were very nervous. But overall, they all did very well, and it was an eventful weekend.
How did you feel the day of the regional meet?
Marisol Palacios: I felt nervous and excited to be competing.
Sophomore Bianca Solis: I was so nervous for me, Marisol, and Kayla! I am so glad Erin and Amber went and helped us. We couldn’t have done it without them and Coach B.
Sophomore Kayla Feliciano: I was very nervous and excited to compete at the regional meet.
What place did you get?
Bianca: I got fifth place.
What were your best lifts and total?
Marisol: 380 squat, 170 bench, 315 deadlift, and a total of 865 pounds.
Bianca: 300 squat, 115 bench, 260 deadlift, and a total of 675 pounds.
Kayla: 255 squat, 125 bench, 270 deadlift, and a total of 650 pounds.
When you got your awards, how did you feel?
Marisol: I was so happy and excited to be receiving plaques for my lifts after being nervous.
Bianca: When I got my medal, I was happy but also disappointed. I was upset I didn’t make it to state.
Kayla: I didn’t make it to the top five, but I tried my best.
What was the most memorable thing that happened that weekend?
Marisol: Going swimming at night with Bianca in the freezing cold water after feeling sick from Chili’s. Don’t eat at Chili’s.
Bianca: The most memorable thing was all of the hours in the hotel and out with the team! I had a great time with the four girls and coach. It wasn’t even the meet. I guess at the meet it would have to be getting 300 squat! I was so glad.
Kayla: I made it to Regionals, and that was my goal for this year. Spending that weekend with all the powerlifting girls at the hotel and coach was a lot of fun.
The Poth powerlifting teams are coached by Tim Bordovsky. Marisol earned plaques for Outstanding Squat, Outstanding Bench, and Outstanding Total. Good luck at state, Marisol!
Junior Journalist Erin Chacón is a Poth High School sophomore and a member of the school’s powerlifting team, FCCLA, and book club. The daughter of Richard and Melinda Jalufka and Daniel and Vivianne Chacón plans to pursue college studies after high school.
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