Shortly after moving over to Chico from Decatur, Heath Tullous saw some of the girls in his new program in the weightroom.
“When they showed up for summer workouts, I saw we had some strong girls here,” Tullous said. “There was a gold mine here. They just needed a little push.”
In his second year running the girls powerlifting squad, Chico is now sending seven lifters on to the Texas High School Woman’s Powerlifting meet in Corpus Christi March 14 and 15.
Ana Rodriguez, Alli York, Charley Biggerstaff, Breann Hall, Matison Rhodes, Corey Tate and Heidi Spann earned trips to state, finishing in the top two among Class A lifters in their weight classes Saturday at the Region 6 Division 3 meet in Leonard. The meet included Class 2A and A lifters.
“I’m very proud of us. It’s only our second year,” Biggerstaff said.
Tullous said his team had only two in position for state spots going into the final lift.
“The other five had to pull certain weights and make the other lifters try to do more than they could do,” Tullous said.
Biggerstaff finished second in the 123-pound class, lifting a total of 610 pounds. She squatted 250, bench pressed 100 and pulled 260 on deadlift.
“I got the job done,” she said. “I wanted to get more on deadlift.
“I’m real excited [about state]. I’ve worked really hard to get there.”
Tate also medaled for Chico, finishing fourth in the 148-pound class, lifting 635 pounds.
“I did really good with this being my first year,” she said. “At the beginning of the year, I had no experience and was learning as I go. I was freaking out the night before regionals.”
She recorded a squat of 255, bench press of 115 and deadlift of 265. Her bench press tied her with a Leonard lifter for fourth. Tate earned the medal because she weighed a pound less.
Rodriguez lifted 405 in the 97-pound class to earn one of the two Class A state spots. York had the top Class A lift with a total of 505 in the 114-pound division.
Mattison tallied 570, and Hall 550 in the 132-pound class as both advanced.
Spann lifted a total of 575 in the 165-pound division.