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The Nixon-Smiley Mustang powerlifting teams competed at the Region IV Division III Regional Championship Meet March 10. Nixon-Smiley walked away as the third-place team out of twenty-four schools, tying with Palacios High School for second but lost the tiebreaker, with a total of 23 points.
Nixon-Smiley missed a Regional championship by three points — a goal the team has set to win next year.
Three boys qualified to lift at the THSPA State Championship Meet in Abilene on March 24-25.
114 lbs Weight Class
Cesar Vazquez, Regional Champion, with a total of 795 (PR; +30) *State qualifier Andrew Meza-Vazquez, 4th Place with a total of 770 lbs (PR; +70)
123 lbs Weight Class
Aiden Flores, 6th Place with a total of 825 lbs Eduardo Betancourt, 10th Place with a total of 635 lbs
132 lbs Weight Class
Tyler Barrientez, 3rd Place with a total of 1060 lbs Jose Olvera, 8th Place with a total of 900 lbs
148 lbs Weight Class
Oscar Acosta, 2nd Place with a total of 1250 lbs *State qualifier
181 lbs Weight Class
Jesus Espino, 5th Place with a total of 1295 lbs (PR; +30) Omar Morales Navarro, 6th Place with a total of 1260 lbs
275 lbs Weight Class
Kevin Zavala, 2nd Place with a total of 1495 lbs (PR; +70)
“As the head coach for the second year in a row, I cannot commend our lifters enough on the amount of personal and athletic growth they have had. We grew in the number of lifters at Regionals, the number of medals we brought home, and how many boys are going to the State meet. It is a privilege to coach such hard-working students. I am looking forward to the State meet and I hope we are able to set personal records and bring more hardware back to Nixon,” said Head Coach Paul Kirby.