CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Like the other major spring sports, powerlifting is hitting its stretch run.
Over at Tuloso-Midway, the girls are once again favorites to do really well.
Several individuals have already qualified for the upcoming regional tournament. And some have a good chance to medal at state.
Girls powerlifting is seeing a lot of growth here in South Texas.
And at Tuloso-Midway, these young ladies in the weight room before school, during school and after classes. There’s lots of dedication that’s paying off for these athletes.
“I started my freshman year and I was able to squat 300 pounds and I have really grown since then,” Tuloso-Midway powerlifter Lydia Montes said. “You have to be in the right mindset and you have to stay focused and never doubt yourself. It’s a lot of weight and it can get to you, but staying strong helps.”
Despite the strength involved in the sport, Courtney Lamontagne says the sport also has a psychological side.
“It’s definitely mental because this is a mind game and you have to stay focused and positive,” Lamontagne said. “I love this sport for sure because I dropped every other sport I have played to be in this. I had friends who had done this in the past so I started and fell in love with it.
“My goal is a thousand pounds, and I am hoping to get 400 (pounds) on squat, 400 on deadlift and I have a 205 bench so that's my goal.”
That's her goal and she is sticking to it.
By the way, several boys from TM have already qualified for regionals.
But they still have one more meet upcoming this weekend before they try to qualify for state.
We wish all the powerlifters the very best.