Three Redhawks place top 12 in state


Michael Martin

Junior Anna Lyon listens for feedback from her coach seeking out areas of improvement. Lyon placed 13th on Thursday, one spot short of advancing to regionals.

Remi Williams, Sports Editor

Three girls traveled to Corpus Christi to compete in the State Powerlifting competition on Saturday, with all three placing in the top 12 of their weight class.“It’s a great accomplishment to qualify for the state meet,” head coach Brandon Gonzlazes said. “With 2 seniors placing top 12 and a sophomore placing 8th, it really is a credit to how hard all the girls worked this year.”It was the last meet for senior Kirin Phakil who was focused on making the most of it.“During the competition I was focusing on doing the little things we’ve worked on in practice such as breathing, attacking the weight,” Phakil said. “And working on our drive in our lifts. I was also really trying to push myself by setting high goals for each lift since this was my last meet and I wanted to make sure I gave it my all and had no regrets.”Even though the season just ended, the team is already planning new goals for the next year.“We’ve accomplished a goal each year,” Gonzlazes said. “Last year we built the team from three girls to 11.  That was the start.  This year’s goal was to get to a full team of 12 lifters and qualify three for region. The girls were able to do much better, having six lift at region and three at State.  Next year’s goal is to qualify a full team of 12 at the regional meet and have a state medalist.”