L.A. Gonzalez, John Rivera and Andres Arizu have already lifted the weight they need to qualify to state.
All that’s left for the trio to reach Texas’ top high school powerlifting meet is to put up those weight totals again, only this time in front of regional judges.
The three are lifting at the Region 5 meet Saturday for a shot at competing in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association’s state meet at Weslaco High School.
“All we have to do is lift what we’re capable of lifting again,” Gonzalez said. “It’s not as easy as it sounds. A lot can go wrong, but we fill confident that we’ll do well.”
The three, all of whom advanced to state in 2014, are favorites to return this season.
Arizu, a senior, is Alice’s highest-ranked lifter going into the meet. He is ranked No. 1 in the 242-pound weight class with a total of 1,705 pounds. His season-best total includes a squat of 685 pounds, a 405-poound bench press and a 615-pound dead lift.
Rivera, also a senior, is the region’s second-ranked lifter in the 220-pound weight class with a season-best total of 1,595. His total includes a squat of 605 pounds, a 410-pound bench press and a dead lift of 535.
Gonzalez is ranked third in the region in the 114-pound weight class. His season-best total is 955 pounds. That includes a 400-pound squat, a bench press of 205 and a 350-pound dead lift.