West’s Jazmeen Reyna brings home gold medal in state powerlifting meet

Reyna not only won gold, but she also broke two state records in the process

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — In the state powerlifting meet on March 19, junior Jazmeen Reyna, won the gold medal in the class 5A large 97 lbs weight class.

Reyna’s father was a powerlifter and he is the one that influenced her to participate in powerlifting. Reyna not only won gold, but she also broke two state records in the process. Reyna would first tie, then break the bench record with a lift of 165 lbs. Then she would break the total record, which is now 725 lbs. Reyna lifted 300 lbs in squat, 165 lbs in bench, 260 in deadlift.

When she found out she was going to win, she was both shocked and surprised.

In this one, I really wanted to beat the people in front of me and I wanted to get out of my [comfort zone], said Reyna. I didn’t want to compete to compete, I wanted to compete to win a title and that’s what I did.

The powerlifter says breaking records means more to her than winning a medal. Next season she wants to use these numbers she lifted in the state meet as openers for next year. Reyna is also a part of the Victoria West cheer team and says being a cheerleader makes her more flexible. Out of the two sports, she prefers powerlifting.