Titan Alyssa Sauceda takes gold and breaks records in state powerlifting championship

East Titan powerlifters finish on the podium in the state championship

Over the weekend, the Victoria East Lady Titan powerlifters competed in the State Championship meet in Corpus Christi and two of the lifters brought home medals.

Junior Alyssa Sauceda competed and brought home the gold medal. Before the meet, she was projected to at least make the podium. Sauceda competed in the 198 weight class and demolished the competition. She set four state records as a junior. She set the state record in every lift, including 520 lbs in squat, 315 lbs in bench, 440 lbs in deadlift and a state record total of 1275 lbs. Sauceda is happy about winning, but she feels she can always do better.

“I think breaking records more, said Sauceda.  Like breaking four records as a junior and I’ve been shooting for it, so it’s kind of like it’s my time now.”

Sauceda gives all the glory to God. Her goals for next season are to get leaner, closer to her teammates and of course, get stronger.

Sophomore powerlifter Christen Hernandez also competed in the state meet and made the podium, finishing in third. Hernandez lifted in the 181 weight class and she lifted 410 lbs in squat, 195 lbs in bench, and 390 lbs in deadlift, with a total of 995 lbs lifted, which was just shy of her goal of lifting 1,000 lbs.

“I was very thankful for my family and everyone that was there, [they were] cheering on the loudest the whole time, said Hernandez. Alyssa is on my team, so I was happy that we can be there together.”

Hernandez hopes to move up the ranks next year, since the two girls that finished ahead of her are seniors and graduating this year. Hernandez gives all the glory to God, looks up to teammate Sauceda and eventually wants to bring home a gold medal.