Flash Staff Report
STEPHENVILLE (February 20, 2017) — Stephenville lifters got the chance to show their strength at home Saturday with the Stephenville Powerlifting Invitational at Gandy Gym.
The Honeybees won the team championship behind four weight-class titles, wrapping up the regular season with seven girls punching their tickets to the regional meet. Boys have another week to reach regionals, and in the meantime Ragan Wood continue to dominate challengers in the 220-pound class with another weight-group title and best overall lifter (181s through super heavyweights) award with a total of 1,520 pounds.
Marianna Reyes was the best lifter in the girls lightweight classes (97s-148s) and won the 132-pound group with 660 total pounds lifted. Maeci Ray won the 105s at 500 total pounds, Jessica Ebeling took the 181s with a total of 790 and Nadine Arredondo won the 259s with 920 pounds lifted.
Other Honeybees making the podium included Haden Carrillo, second in the 105s at 475 total pounds., Baylie DeViney, second in the 132s at 660, Mallory Gunter, third in the 198s at 720 and Sidney Beaver, fifth in the 123s at 485. Ebeling and Arredondo are each second in their respective classes entering regionals, Ray and Gunter are fourth in theirs , Alexis Duckett is third in the 259s and DeViney and Reyes are tied for fourth in their group. Haden Carrillo is sixth in the region behind Ray and others in the 105s.
Other Jackets placing Saturday included Keith Ray, third in the 148s with a three-lift total of 975, Isis De la Cruz, third in the 181s at 1,095, Nathan Martin, fourth in the 220s at 1,200, Hunter Mayo, fifth in the 114s at 475 and Ethan Norris, fifth in the 198s at 1,035. Boys have one week remaining to improve their regional totals and standings.
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