Bangs' Pettit advances to state powerlifting meet

Bangs Lady Dragon Liz Pettit placed second in the 105s at the THSWPA Region 2 Division III meet Saturday in Gatesville.

GATESVILLE — Bangs’ Liz Pettit finished second in the 105-pound weight class at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association Region 2 Division III meet Saturday to qualify for the THSWPA state meet March 14-15 in Corpus Christi.

Overall, Bangs finished 14th as a team at the meet as Courtney Owen and Cassie Carmichael placed sixth in the 165-pound division and 220-pound division, respectively. Amber Jones also qualified for regionals in the 148s.

Pettit lifted a combined 485 pounds with totals of 165 in the squat, 90 in the bench press and 230 pounds in the dead lift. Pettit’s 485-pound total was five more pounds than third-place finisher Skye Smith of Crawford, as the top two finishers automatically advanced. Kaille Hansmire of Comanche won the regional meet with a 655 total — 240 squat, 125 bench and 280 dead lift.

Owen totaled 645 pounds — 220 squat, 125 bench and 300 dead lift — in the 165s, while Carmichael finished with 710 pounds lifted — 305 squat, 135 bench, 270 dead lift — in the 220s.