By LARRY GAGE
Marissa Hernandez may have already arrived in Corpus Christi, as you read these lines, for this weekend’s Women’s Regional Powerlifting Meet at Calallen.
I watched Hernandez work out in the weight room at P.I.H.S. Wednesday morning. Appearing relaxed and confident, she cracked jokes between lifts with head powerlifting coach Justin Stumbaugh as I tried to calculate the amount of weight she had on the bar.
If she places in the top five at the regional meet, or has a total lift at least as high as the state qualifying minimum, she will qualify for the state meet. The minimum is 745 pounds and Hernandez’s best total lift is 875 pounds, which she recorded at the Valley View meet two weeks ago. A competitor’s total lift is the cumulative number of pounds successfully lifted in the three recognized lifts, the squat lift, dead lift, and the bench press. The first lifts are scheduled for 9:15 Saturday morning.
“I’ve always been a big sports person and I’ve always been one of the strong girls,” she told me after racking the various weights. “I heard about powerlifting, so I thought I’d give it a try.”
Hernandez, a senior, has competed in other interscholastic sports but, “Powerlifting is my favorite. It’s like you’re a one-man team and you can only depend on yourself. It’s all on you.”
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