VISD Girls Powerlifters Go To Regionals
West Senior Makes Fourth Regionals Trip
Three VISD girls powerlifters compete at regionals Saturday.
Two of the Regionals bound powerlifters come from West. Senior Lacey Littles, making her fourth and final trip to Regionals. In the 123 pound class, Lacey won gold at the Ganado and Palacios meets. Littles’ top total of 750 pounds this season came at Ganado. Jazmeen Reyna, making her Regionals debut at 105 pounds. The Freshman’s top number this season, 585 pounds, which was her qualifying total for Regionals. Reyna reached that on her last lift at the St. Joe meet, which she won. I talked with the girls and Warrior powerlifting head coach Brad Smithey.
Said Littles, “It’s really exciting to have been three previous years. Going this year makes it really special because it’s my last year. ”
Said Reyna, “This is very exciting. I really didn’t expect it at all. But I pushed it in my last meet knowing that I had as much as I needed. ”
Said coach Smithey, “I’m pretty pumped. These two girls have been working pretty hard all year. We’ve been doing 6 a.m. workouts. It’s the only time we’ve given them so they can do workouts or another sport after school.”
In a loud East weight room, I found a Titan girl who’s been making a lot a noise this season. Freshman Alyssa Sauceda won the titles at the Calhoun, Edna and Tidehaven meets, and she was named Best Lifter at the Tidehaven event. She won those titles in the 220 pound class. Then, with better odds for Sauceda making it to Regionals in a lower weight class, she lost five pounds in 14 hours. In the 198 pound class, Sauceda won at St. Joe, where she got her season bests of 440 pounds on the squat, 210 on the bench, 350 on the dead lift. I talked with her and East powerlifting head coach Marcus Hernandez.
Said Sauceda, “It’s exciting. I’ll have a lot of memories to go along with it when the season is over. Especially since I’m a freshman I have three more years. ”
Said coach Hernandez, “She’s here at 6 a.m. morning practices. She’s here at 3:30 p.m. for afternoon practices. What she’s putting in exactly what we’re seeing. ”
VISD girls powerlifters head to Regionals Saturday at PSJA Southwest high school in Pharr.