GATESVILLE Bangs Lady Dragon Amber Jones qualified for the state powerlifting meet with a second-place effort at regionals in Gatesville this past weekend.

Jones, in the 148-pound division, lifted 730 pounds to earn a trip to the state meet in Corpus Christi on March 15-16.

Also competing at regionals for Bangs were Courtney Owen, who finished tied for third place in the 165s with 645 pounds lifted, while Ebony Patrick was fourth in the 181s with 680 pounds lifted.

Mercedes Hinze finished in a fifth-place tie in the 165s with 630 pounds lifted, while Emily Brown lifted 620 pounds in the 181s to come in sixth. Also, Lakyn Dent was ninth in the 123s with 495 pounds lifted.