Walking through the halls of Boyd High School Tuesday morning, Allie Voiselle’s left arm was in a sling.
But any pain from the pectoral muscle strain was comforted by the medal she earned while suffering the injury.
“Definitely worth it,” she said.
The Boyd junior took fourth place in her class at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state meet Saturday in Corpus Christi.
Voiselle lifted a total of 790 pounds. Pam Williams of Arp won the class, lifting 1,020.
Voiselle, who was making her second appearance at state, called earning the medal redemption after nerves got the best of her last year.
“It was a lot better,” she said. “Last year, I felt a big letdown. I feel like I accomplished my goal. It’s cool to say ‘I’m fourth in the state.’”
Voiselle squatted 300 pounds. She then tied a personal best of 180 on bench press. She closed the day with a deadlift of 310. She narrowly missed 325.
“It was so close,” she said.
Voiselle is unsure when she pulled the muscle as the elation from winning the medal masked the injury until later in the day.
“I didn’t feel it and didn’t know until we were on the way back to San Antonio,” she said.