Four members of Calallen High School's power lifting program have qualified for national competition, with a first-time lifter setting state records in the process.
The students competed at the USAPL South Texas qualifier this past weekend, with lifters Shelby O'Brien, Zach Garza, Gabriel Longoria and Thomas Soto securing their spots for nationals in May and June.
Power lifting coach Joel De La Paz said O'Brien will take part in the USAPL Women's Nationals from May 22-23 in Cleveland, Ohio, while the boys will compete at the USAPL Nationals in Palm Springs, Calif. from June 18-20.
The power lifting team will vie for a spot in international competition, which will be taking place in the Czech Republic.
O'Brien and Longoria both completed qualifying lifts at this weekend's meet, while Garza and Soto each had record-setting performances.
Garza had lifts of 575 pounds in the squat event, 550 pounds in dead lift and a 335 pound in bench, for a total of 1,460 pounds. All of those totals are new state records, De La Paz said.
Soto, who only started power lifting this year, set new state records for sub-juniors with a combined lift total of 870 pounds, which was comprised of a 375-pound dead lift, 330-pound squat and 165-pound bench.
Tickets for a barbecue chicken plate sale are being sold for $6 to help fund the boys' trip to Palm Springs in June. The date of pick-up is tentatively set for June 5 at Hilltop Community Center.
For more information, contact Joel De La Paz at firstname.lastname@example.org,us, or (361) 242-5626.
Local businesses have offered to help sponsor O'Brien's trip to Cleveland, De La Paz said.