Bullard powerlifters advance to State after storng performances

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Several members of the Bullard Panther and Lady Panther varsity powerlifting teams were able to compete against some of the strongest athletes from around the East Texas area at Regional Powerlifiting Meets last week.

Bullard Panthers:

The Bullard Panther varsity powerlifting team loaded the bus and traveled to compete at the Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet, held Friday, March 2, at Malakoff High School.

At the event, the Panthers were able to finish in second place with a team score of 23 points, outlifting the competition from surrounding schools such as Tyler Chapel Hill, Gilmer, and Paris North Lamar.

Thanks to their strong finishes at the Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet, a total of four Panther lifters will represent the program at the upcoming State meet.

Jansen Mattingly was able to secure his credentials for the State meet by finishing in first place in the 181 pound weight class at the Regional meet with a squat of 540 pounds, bench press of 300 pounds, and deadlift of 515 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 1,355 pounds.

Likewise, Damion Brown punched his ticket to the upcoming State event after a squat of 440 pounds, bench press of 275 pounds, and deadlift of 430 pounds, allowing him to claim the gold medal first place finish in the 148 pound weight class with a total weight lifted of 1,145 pounds.

Also qualifying for the State meet was Landon Warren in the 123 pound weight class, finishing the Regional meet with a squat of 350 pounds, bench press of 205 pounds, and deadlift of 345 pounds, for a total amount of 900 pounds lifted, resulting in a second place finish.

John Campbell will be the final Panther lifter to attend the State meet, as he claimed an alternate slot after finishing third in the Super Heavy Weight weight class at the Regional meet with a squat of 700 pounds, bench press of 380 pounds, and deadlift of 480 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 1,560 pounds.

The Panthers were also represented at the Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet by two additional lifters who produced solid performances at the event, helping the team to a second place team finish.

Tyce Johnson competed for Bullard in the 114 pound weight class at the Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet, finishing with a squat of 325 pounds, bench press of 150 pounds, and deadlift of 300 pounds, for a total amount of 775 pounds lifted.

In the 181 pound weight class, Reece Ricketts finished the day with a squat of 460 pounds pounds, bench press of 300 pounds, and deadlift of 460 pounds, allowing him to claim an eighth place finish.

Bullard Lady Panthers:

Likewise, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity powerlifting team battled against a strong field of lifters at the Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet, held Saturday, March 3, at Fairfield High School.

At the meet, the Lady Panthers were able to lift their way to a sixth place team finish with a total of 10 points, allowing the team to finish higher in the final standings than teams from Kaufman, Waxahachie Life, and Emory Rains.

After the results were finalized for the event, a total of two Lady Panther lifters will now travel to represent the program at the upcoming State powerlifting meet.

Audree Shelton was the top finisher for the Lady Panthers at the Regional meet, claiming her ticket to the State meet by finishing second in the 148 pound weight class with a squat of 300 pounds, bench press of 170 pounds, and deadlift of 785 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 785 pounds.

As an alternate, Charity Campbell will also be making the trip to State for Bullard after a squat of 350 pounds, bench press of 145 pounds, and deadlift of 305 pounds, for a total amount of 800 pounds lifted, allowing her to finish third in the 165 pound weight class.

A total of seven additional Lady Panther lifters were in action at the Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet, but failed short of advancing to the State meet.

In the 105 pound weight class, Addison Barnes took home an eighth place finish with a squat of 200 pounds, bench press of 80 pounds, and deadlift of 220 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 500 pounds.

Ahlexcis Lackey also participated in the Regional event for the Lady Panthers, finishing ninth in the 132 pound weight class with a squat of 210 pounds, bench press of 120 pounds, and deadlift of 225 pounds, for a total amount of 555 pounds lifted.

Also competing in the 132 pound weight class for Bullard was Alyssa Huff, finishing the Regional meet with a squat of 205 pounds, bench press of 100 pounds, and deadlift of 225 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 530 pounds, allowing her to finish in 12th place.

Maria Vences was the lone Lady Panther lifter to compete in the 165 pound weight class, placing fifth with a squat of 325 pounds, bench press of 145 pounds, and deadlift of 280 pounds, for a total amount of 750 pounds lifted.

In the 220 pound weight class, Annabelle Price had a strong performance at the Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet, ending her season with a fifth place finish with a squat of 370 pounds, bench press of 140 pounds, and deadlift of 290 pounds, for a total weight lifted of 800 pounds.

Heather Coe was also able to compete for the Lady Panthers in the 220 pound weight class, but did not record any final lifts at the event.

The final lifter to compete for the team at the Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet was Leighann Langston, wrapping up the season with a sixth place finish in the 259+ weight class with a squat of 335 pounds, bench press of 150 pounds, and deadlift of 325 pounds, for a total amount of 810 pounds lifted.

“I’m proud of the way the teams competed and overcame adversity throughout the season,” said Cody Welch, Bullard powerlifting coach. “These finishes at the Regional meet are well deserved because of the work the athletes have put in all season long. I’m looking forward to seeing those who were able to advance perform at the State meet.”

Next meet: State – (Girls) Saturday, March 17 – Extraco Events Center – Waco; (Boys) Saturday, March 24 – Taylor County Expo Center – Abilene.

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