A Banquete athlete set a state record and a Calallen duo earned silver medals over the weekend at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association State Championships in Abilene.
Ricky Benavidez of Banquete had a record-breaking 425-pound bench press, setting the new high mark for Division 3 in his 181-pound weight class. His 1,520 total landed him a bronze medal.
The Wildcats’ Jacob De La Paz took second in the 132-pound weight class, and his teammate Dakota Cooksy-Hale was runner-up at 242. Combined with fellow state qualifiers Blade Bronstad and Jared Garcia, Calallen placed fifth as a team in Division 1 with 11 points.
A week prior, the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association State Championships were held at the American Bank Center.
Calallen’s Clarissa Garcia placed fourth at 148 with a total of 810.
The THSPA also announced three academic all-state teams.
Benavidez, Alex Rodriguez (Calallen), and Miguel Salazar (Tuloso-Midway) made the elite team. Garcia and Cooksy-Hale were on the first team, and T-M’s James Bain made the second team.
Here are the area results for the state-qualifiers.
132—2—Jacob De La Paz—475—225—450—1,150