Sweetwater opened its 2014 powerlifting season on Thursday by placing first in the boys and girls divisions at Big Spring’s meet.
The Sweetwater boys had 36 points, barely edging out second-place Coahoma’s 35 and Big Spring’s 32, who both had more individual weight class winners than Sweetwater.
Meanwhile, the Sweet-water girls scored 46 points to easily beat out Lamesa, which placed a distant second with just 22 points.
Austin Marlett was the only weight class winner for Sweetwater’s boys, lifting 1,055 pounds in the 181-pound class.
However, seven other Sweetwater athletes had top-three finishes. Placing second for Sweetwater were Colter Reed in the 123-pound class (620) and Andrew Davis in the superheavyweight class (1,105), while placing third were Nathan Browning in the 123-pound class (545), Branson Guelker in the 165-pound class (755), Junior Lawhon in the 181-pound class (925), Zach Garcia in the 198-pound class (980) and Raymond Delgado in the 220-pound class (845). Also, Dylan Jimenez was fourth in the 198-pound class (950), Cory Mendez was fourth in the 242-pound class (1,085) and Steven Le was fifth in the 165-pound class (600). Also, Davis had the second best bench press average (181.51) among athletes in the 181 through superheavyweight classes.
Roscoe’s Ray Bohall was fourth in the 181-pound class (725 pounds).
The Sweetwater girls’ five winners were Valeria Zavaleta in the 123-pound weight class (530), Dana Hohn in the 165-pound class (730), Zanesha Collins in the 181-pound class (635), Naomi Gonzales in the 220-pound class (620) and Eliza Delgado in the 220-pound-and-above class (695). Placing second were Kristi Ward in the 148-pound class (610) and Shaina Wiltse in the 220-pound class (575). Rebecca Gonzales was fifth in the 165-pound class (460). Roscoe’s Ashley Lara won the 198-pound class (540). Hohn had the best Malone lift average (548.96), bench press average (105.28) and dead lift average (233.12) and second best squat average (210.56) in the 165-and-above divisions. Collins was third in Malone lift average (438.02) squat average (165.55) and dead lift average (193.14). Ward was third in bench press average (100.65) in the 97-148-pound weight divisions.