By LARRY GAGE
Port Isabel Lady Tarpon powerlifter Marissa Hernandez had already locked up second place at the Women’s State Powerlifting Meet in Corpus Christi last Saturday. Breanna Johnson of Giddings had completed her lifts and was in first place with a total of 970 pounds. On a previous attempt, Hernandez equaled her personal best in the dead lift with a 355-lb. effort, which gave her a total of 930 pounds. An even 400 pounds on this final lift would give her the state title for her weight class.
Hernandez stepped to the bar and put everything she had into one last all-out effort. It was the final lift of her high school career. She was seconds away from the gold medal. Four hundred pounds of heavy metal moved upward, but not quite far enough. It was a matter of inches. “I had it more than half-way up, but I needed to lock it out (knees), and I didn’t have enough willpower to do it.”
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