Avery Contreras placed fourth in the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state championship meet last Saturday at Waco’s Extraco Events Center.
Vying in the Class 5A Girls’ 165-pound weight division, Contreras captured fourth place with her total lift of 875 pounds.
“She did a fantastic job of competing and never losing her focus,” said Uvalde High School head powerlifting coach Frank Gonzales. “She came in ranking seventh in her division, but wound up finishing ahead of a couple of other lifters to medal in the competition.”
The top-five finishers out of the field of 18 state lifters gain a medal.
Contreras, a UHS senior, made a squat lift of 345 pounds, a bench press lift of 190 pounds, and a lift of 340 pounds in the dead lift to account for her 875-pound total.
“Placing in the top five was a huge goal I set for myself. Even though it came close at the end, it made me fight even harder on the deadlift to ensure my position in the top five,” said Contreras.
Madison Calderon of Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway also lifted a total of 875 pounds.
Calderon claimed third place because she weighed a few pounds less than Contreras in the weigh in.
In the case of a tie, the high placement goes to the lifter with the lighter weight.
“I am over-the-moon happy to know all my hard work paid off. Although the tie-breaker bumped me from third place to fourth place, I’m still ecstatic with the honor of being fourth in the state,” said Contreras.
“Before any meet, I tend to get a little nervous. But when I lift, I zone everyone out. It was definitely intimidating knowing that I had some very strong competition, but I didn’t let it get to me,” said Contreras. “I had some big goals going into the meet. I knew I had to give it my all, because I would never be competing again.
“I narrowly missed making it to state last year. That made me work harder and fight harder to get there this year,” said Contreras. “I knew what I needed to do to get there.”
Contreras said that she was proud to represent UHS at the meet. “Uvalde will always be home to me even after I graduate from high school and move on to the next chapter of my life. My family and friends, the coaches, and the entire community have been so supportive through my lifting journey. I’ll forever be grateful to everyone.”
Coach Gonzales praised Contreras’ performance as he said, “It was a good ending to what has been a great powerlifting season for Avery. I am proud of her performance throughout this season, especially at Waco last Saturday.”
Victoria Treviño of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial and Mackenzie Contreras of Edcouch-Elsa claimed the top two spots in the competition.
Treviño finished first with a total lift of 1,050 pounds, while Contreras took runner-up with a lift of 985 pounds.
Araylie Garza took fifth place. She had a total lift of 825 pounds as did Samantha Lopez of Waller
Garza edged out Lopez for the fifth-place medal because Garza weighed one tenth of a pound less than Lopez.