Powerlifting is a sport where one’s personal best determines success.

For Alice’s Kirsten Alaniz and Bianca Alvarez, their personal bests were also the meet’s best in their respective weight classes, and that helped the pair earn a trip to the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state meet.

Alaniz set a meet record in the bench press and won the Best Bench Award when she lifted 160 pounds in the 105-pound weight class. Alvarez won the Best Squat Award when she squatted 345 pounds in the 114-pound weight class.

They were two of five Alice girls who earned spots in the state powerlifting meet.

Allison Macias was Alice’s top lifter. She totaled 925 pounds and placed second in the 165-pound weight class. She had a 390-pound squat, a 170-pound bench press and a dead lift of 365.

Edy Garza was third in the 198-pound weight class with a total of 870. She squatted 375, bench pressed 175 and had a dead lift of 320. Chloe Zapata was fifth in the 181-pound weight class with a total of 870. She had a squat of 375, a bench press of 175 and a dead lift of 320.

Alvarez was fourth in the 114-pound weight class with a total of 795. She had a bench press of 120, a squat of 345 and a dead lift of 330. Alaniz totaled 695 in the 105-pound weight class to place seventh. She squatted 285, benched 160 and had a dead lift of 250.

The San Diego girls placed third at the Region 5, Division 3 in Plesanton Saturday and had seven qualify to the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state meet.

Tarah Perales and Kassandra Garcia both won their respective weight classes at the regional meet. Perales won the 114-pound weight class with a total of 710 pounds which included a squat of 275, a bench press of 140 and a dead lift of 295. Garcia won the 123-pound weight class with a total of 775 pounds which included a 300-pound squat, a bench press of 155 pounds and a 375-pound dead lift.

Lorena Vera was second in the 220-plus weight class. She had a squat of 400 pounds, a bench press of 205 pounds and a 375-pound dead lift for a total of 980.

San Diego’s other state qualifiers were Brittany Trevino and Cassandra Gonzalez in the 97-pound weight class. SarahJo Campos was third in the 105-pound weight class with a total of 630 pounds. Julie Gonzalez was eighth with a 620 total.

Freer High School also had a pair of state qualifiers in Gabby Garcia and Makayla Cantu. Garcia qualified in the 114-pound weight class with a total of 610 pounds and Cantu qualified in the 148-pound weight class with a 735-pound total.

The THSWPA state meet is at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi on March 20 and 21.

The following is a list of area state qualifers:

Alice, Region 5, Division 5 at Edcouch-Elsa High School

105-pound weight class — 7, Kirsten Alaniz, 285 squat, 160 bench, 250 dead, 695 total.

114-pound weight class — 4, Bianca Alvarez, 345 squat, 120 bench, 330 dead, 795 total.

165-pound weight class — 2, Allison Macias, 390 squat, 170 bench, 365 dead, 925 total.

181-pound weight class — 5, Chloe Zapata, 375 squat, 175 bench, 320 dead, 870 total.

198-pound weight class — 3, Edy Garza, 400 squat, 175 bench, 335 dead, 910 total.

Orange Grove, Region 5, Division 2 at Pleasanton Sports Complex

114-pound weight class — 2. Selina Velasquez, 300 squat, 115 bench, dead 345, 760 total.

165-pound weight class — 3, Cecily Rodriguez, 350 squat, 125 bench, 340 dead, 815 total.

220-pound weight class — 4, Tristein Ferrell, 345 squat, 150 bench, 325 dead, 820 total.

220-plus weight class — 5, Jeanie Flores, 405 squat, 200 bench, 370 dead, 975 total. 

San Diego, Region 5, Division 3 at Pleasanton Sports Complex

97-pound weight class — 4, Brittany Trevino, 245 squat, 105 bench, 255 dead, 605 total. 6, Cassandra Gonzalez, 215 squat, 80 bench, 235 dead, 530 total.

105-pound weight class — 3, SarahJo Campos, 230 squat, 135 bench, 265 dead, 630 total.

114-pound weight class — 1, Tarah Perales, 275 squat, 140 bench, 295 dead, 710 total. 8, Julie Gonzalez, 245 squat, 115 bench, 260 dead, 620 total.

123-pound weight class — 1, Kassandra Garcia, 300 squat, 155 bench, 320 dead, 775 total. 

220-plus weight class — 2, Lorena Vera, 2, 400 squat, 205 bench, 375 dead, 980 total.

Freer, Region 5, Division 3 at Pleasanton Sports Complex

114-pound weight class — 9, Gabby Garcia, 245 squat, 115 bench, 250 dead, 610 total.

148-pound weight class — 7, Makayla Cantu, 315 squat, 120 bench, 300 dead, 735 total.

Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco, Region 5, Division 3 at Pleasanton Sports Complex

181-pound weight class — 2, Larisa Trijo, 360 squat, 150 bench, 345 dead, 855 total.