By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel High boys and girls powerlifting teams pumped some more iron last week, and it looks like at least two PI lifters will qualify for their respective men’s and women’s regional meets.
At last Saturday’s meet in Weslaco, Francesca Sandoval and Jocelyn Padilla both medaled for the Lady Tarpons.
Sandoval, competing in the 148-pound division, got silver for second place with a total lift of 695 pounds. Padilla also placed second with a total lift of 865 pounds. Padilla competes in the 220-pound class.
The highest-placing finisher for the guys was Francisco Hernandez, who had the fourth highest total lift in the 275-pound division with 1,125 pounds. The total lift was his personal best.
Padilla is currently the number one-ranked lifter in her weight class in the region. Sandoval is tied for 10. The top ten lifters, ranked in order of their personal-best total lifts, qualify for the regional meet.
John Ray Martinez competes in the 198-lb. division. He did not compete at Weslaco due to conflict, but he is the fifth-ranked lifter in his class in the region.
The next meet on the schedule is on for this Saturday at Santa Rosa High School and is the last chance for Sandoval and Padilla to qualify for the regional meet. The last chance meet for prospective men’s regional lifters will be at Santa Rosa on Saturday, Feb. 28.
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