The Tuloso Midway High School Girl's Powerlifiting team placed second in the Texas 4A State Powerlifiting Championship on Saturday at the American Bank Center.

The team was led in their effort by senior Eva Saenz, who placed first at state in the 97-pound weight class. Saenz squatted 270 pounds, benched 125 pounds and dead lifted 280 pounds. This was Saenz's third trip to the state meet. She placed fourth last year, and qualified for state her sophomore year but didn't place.

Also on the second place T-M girls powerlifiting team, Julie Barrera placed third, Mercedes Esquivel placed fourth. Samantha Marengo placed fifth, Samantha Carabajal placed third, Stacey Ayarzagoitia placed seventh and Jessica Garcia placed eighth.

The Tuloso Midway Boys Powerlifting team of Andy Mohl, Stevin Leal, Andres Castellanos and D'Marco Smith are headed to the Boys State Powerlifting meet this weekend in Abilene.

Calallen teen takes second at state meet

Lifting a combined 980 and setting a new school record, Calallen High School senior Casandra Sanchez placed second at the Girls 4A State Power-lifting Meet last weekend.

Sanchez, competing in the 198-pound weight class, squatted 450 pounds, for a new school record, benched 150 pounds and dead lifted 380 pounds. Sanchez placed at the state level all four years of high school, with last weekend's performance being her best at the state level.

CHS boys powerlifting team head to state in Abilene

The Calallen Boys Powerlifting team will compete in the State Power lifting Meet on Saturday in Abilene at the Taylor County Expo Center.

During the Boys Regional Meet at Weslaco East High School on March 12, Gabriel Longoria came in first in the 181-pound weight class, breaking the regional squat record with a lift of 605 pounds. Longoria also benched 310 pounds and dead lifted 565 pounds. Longoria was the defending regional champion.

Sophomore Thomas Soto, the youngest on the team, competed in the 114-pound class and took the Outstanding Dead Lifter Award at the regional meet, with a dead lift of 440 pounds. He also squatted 395 pounds and bench pressed 200 pounds.

Brandon Castillo, in the 181-pound weight class, placed fifth, squatting 515 pounds, bench pressing 325 pounds and dead lifting 510 pounds. Dylan Strickland, in the super heavyweight class, received a fifth place medal, squatting 525 pounds, bench pressing 320 pounds and dead lifting 500 pounds.

Overall the team tied for fourth.