Austin County lifters take regionals

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A quartet of Austin County female powerlifters competed at the regional championships at Del Valle High School last Saturday, March 7, and 10 more male powerlifters will hit the regional stage this Saturday to determine who advances to state.

The top 12 lifters in each weight class punched a ticket to the regional round and three did just that from Sealy: Broccisha Williams, Melanie Nieto and Sabrina Terrill. Halie Gonzalez represented Brazos in the 181-pound weight class and came away with seventh place, similar to Nieto’s finish, while Terrill took fourth.

Williams bombed out one of her attempts and the rest of her results were void but Nieto registered a 20-pound increase from her year-best set at the final meet of the regular season at Rice on Feb. 15.

Although Terrill’s total was 15 pounds shy of her season-record, she was 50 pounds behind the second-place finisher from Giddings who secured a trip to state as being one of the top-two finishers in a weight class.

The Cougarettes’ Gonzalez entered the regional competition at Academy High School in Little River-Academy as the 10th-ranked 181-pound lifter and walked away in seventh after a 60-pound increase on her personal-best lift at the final meet of the regular season at Rice on Feb. 15.

For the boys, three Sealy Tigers, three Bellville Brahmas and four Brazos Cougars settled into the top 12 of their weight classes and will compete this Saturday to shake out the state-qualifying lifters that finish in the top two at regionals.

Dylan Thaxton is Sealy’s top lifter and finished ranked third in the 132-pound weight class, just ahead of teammate Weslee Novosad who checked in at No. 7 to extend his season. Juan Perez, the fifth-ranked 114-pound lifter, rounds out the Tigers’ representatives that will compete for the top spots at Smithville High School.

The latter two turned out their best performances of the year in the final meet of the regular season while Thaxton’s was the second to last meet at Rice that helped him secure his ranking.

For Bellville, Wayne Rinn (No. 5 in 181), Alex Marek (No. 5 in 198) and Dalton Bills (No. 6 in 220) similarly finished on positive notes by providing their best totals at their final regular-season meet to help build

some momentum. The Brahmas will join the Tigers in Smithville for the Region 2 Division 2 Championship.

Three of Brazos’ four regional qualifiers were 12th in their weight class but Joseph Townsend registered eighth in the 165-pound weight class and will represent the Cougars this Saturday at West High School. Both Bryan (No. 12 in 123) and Brandon (No. 12 in 148) Maldonado, as well as Hayden Pearson (No. 12 in 220), punched their tickets to the Region 2 Division 3 Championship and will be looking to extend their seasons as well.

Weight class Place Athlete Team Bodyweight Squat Bench press Deadlift Total
132 BO* Broccisha Williams Sealy 127.6 0 0 0 0
165 7 Melanie Nieto Sealy 160.6 205 130 270 705
181 7 Halie Gonzalez Wallis Brazos 174.2 295 140 300 735
259+ 4 Sabrina Terrill Sealy 262.2 325 205 285 815

*BO = Bombed out,  failed attempt

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