Wise County sent 10 lifters to the state girls powerlifting meet in Corpus Christi last weekend, and six came back with medals.
In their first trip to state, the Chico Lady Dragons led the way with four girls capturing medals.
“It was an awesome experience,” Chico coach Heath Tullos said. “We were just happy to be there, but to bring back medals is pretty exciting.”
Cheyenne Hale led the way with a third-place finish in the 220 class. She lifted a total of 460 pounds.
Ali Galindo picked up fourth place in the 97 class, with a total of 410. Jorden Vidal also got fourth in the 114 class with a total of 415.
Breann Hall placed fifth with a total of 465 in the 123 class.
“They deserved everything they got,” Tullos said. “They worked so hard. We also brought about 30 people, so the community really bought into it.”
Charlye Biggerstaff ended up lifting the most of the Chico lifters, but she came away with sixth in a very competitive weight class. She totaled 530 in the 123 class.
Alli York rounded out things for the Lady Dragons with a seventh-place finish in the 114 class. She lifted a total of 415.
With so much success after a history-breaking season, Tullos is excited about the future.
“This won’t do anything but help our confidence on both sides of the program,” he said. “The sport alone is growing, and this really sparked a fire in our program.”
After missing out on a medal in 2012, Decatur’s Gabi Buchanan reached her goal this time around with a fourth-place finish at the state meet.
Buchanan, a junior, lifted a total of 955 in the 220 class. She squatted 405, benched 185 and had a dead lift of 365.
“She has been setting those little goals along the way,” Decatur coach Tim Mynarcik said. “She’s already got her medal. Now she’ll want something better than fourth and hopefully take it all the way to the top.”
Mynarcik could tell Buchanan was more comfortable with her second trip to state.
“Every time she goes to a meet there is a time she jokes around, but once it’s time to lift she gets serious,” Mynarcik explained. “We also got the second flight, so it gave us some extra time to soak it all in.”
Paradise’s Ashley Sparks took 16th in the 114 class with a total of 580.
Northwest sent two lifters to state, Taylor Duffey and Lauren Davis. Davis received one of the county’s six medals with a fifth-place finish in the 148 class. She lifted a total of 765 pounds.
Duffey captured seventh with a total of 670 in the 123 class.