BALLINGER– The Ballinger Girl Powerlifters traveled to Mertzon, Texas to compete in their respective weight classes in Division III small schools. Three out of the four girl lifters qualified for State either by posting a qualifying total for their weight class and/or placing top two of their weight class.

In the 132-pound class, with an 865-pound total placing second was Lindsey Heidenheimer. This will be her second time qualifying for the State Championships in Corpus Christi. This year she has a chance to be a State Champion.

Freshman Rebecca Simpson placed fourth in her weight class, with a qualifying total of 795.

Angelica Fuentes which is also a freshman with only one meet experience prior to the regional meet, posted a qualifying total of 790 pounds and placed second. Angelica will be joining the other girls for the State Meet in Corpus Christi.

Freshman Tiana Sanchez came up short in her 114-pound weight class and did not qualify for State but she now has the Regional experience as motivation and fuel for her journey the next couple years of competition.

“As a coach I am extremely proud of all my lifters boys and girls, but the freshman girls this year amazed me by their heart and determination at a young age to compete with no experience against other experienced girls,” said Powerlifting Coach Tremaine Johnson.

“Tiana, Rebecca, and Angelica are in my PE class and I recruited them last fall because I saw how they were coachable and very competitive during class activities and then introduced them to the weight room in early November after football season. From then on the ‘Iron Bug’ bit them and they never looked back. They trained hard and often along other freshman boys and more experienced lifters here at Ballinger and became part of the crew and family. I am excited to see them grow and mature and one day become regional and State Champions,” Johnson added.