The Alice Lady Coyotes had a strong showing at the big school regional powerlifting meet at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Saturday.

Alice had a regional champion and qualified a total of five lifters to state at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association Region 5, Div. I meet. The Lady Coyotes were fifth in the final team standings, which included 5A and 6A teams. They were the highest-ranking team in the Coastal Bend area.

Senior Jacqueline Guerra won the regional championship in the 181-pound weight class with a 1,130-pound total. Her final total ranked as the third heaviest of the meet which included 268 lifters from around South Texas. Guerra also won the meet’s Best Deadlift Award for her lift of 440 pounds. Guerra, the defending state champion in that weight class, also had a 450-pound squat and a 240-pound bench press.

Alexis Herrera, who was second at the state meet last year in the 97-pound weight class, placed third at the regional meet with a total of 660 pounds. Julie Sepulveda, a fourth-place finisher at state a year ago, had a 1,065-pound total to take third in the 220-pound weight class.

The Lady Coyotes’ other state qualifiers were Mia Macias in the 105-pound weight class and Marissa Garcia in the 259-pound weight class.

Powerlifting newcomer Meela Garza narrowly missed qualifying to state in her weight class.