Hays High and Lady Lobo lifters advance to state

The Lady Lobos on Saturday dominated the field en route to capturing the 5A Region II, Division I Girls Powerlifting Championship in Elgin. As a result, 15 Lehman Lady Lobos qualified for the State Meet to be held March 17-20 in Corpus Christi.

During its run at Region, Lehman finished with 70 team points, which surpassed the team’s regional record of 54 points set in 2019. In addition, seven Lady Lobos captured first place individual honors in their weight classes and three lifters finished with the silver medal. Lady Lobo Ashley Villanueva earned best lightweight squat, bench, deadlift and total honors, while Leah Lara won best heavyweight deadlift award. Lehman’s Malia Gonzales captured the best heavyweight bench award.

Lehman Lady Lobos advancing to state are Alyssa Martinez, Ashley Villanueva, Jasmine Jaimes, Jasmine Rodriguez, Kaitlin Diers, Ximena Castillo, Brooke Davenport, Leah Lara, Karla Olmedo, Arianna Prill, Crystal Martinez, Abby Adame, Malia Gonzales, Cate Julius and Olivia Valdez.

Also advancing to state are Hays High powerlifters Megan Kelnar and Isa Vasquez-Villarreal.
Kelnar, a multi-sport athlete who is also competing in softball this spring, finished by lifting a total of 725 combined pounds in three events at the Region II, Division I meet in Elgin. Meanwhile, Vasquez-Villarreal lifted a total of 755 pounds during her run at Region. Good luck to Megan and Isa next week in Corpus Christi.

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