March 3, 2011 - Out of 138 competitors that lifted in last Saturday's regional powerlifting meet at Leonard High School, two Leonard girls stood out above many others and earned their spot in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association's state meet in Corpus Christi on March 19. Senior Cadi Grantland and junior April Jones both pulled out first place wins in their weight classes - and Jones' event set a regional record on the way.
Grantland competed in the 97-pound weight class and lifted a total of 510 pounds for her gold medal. Her total included a 200-pound squat, 85-pound bench press and 225-pound dead lift. Placing second under Grantland was Allegra Hudson of Wylie who actually lifted the same total weight, but the first place award is determined - in the case of a tie - by the person weighing the least.
Jones lifted in the 198 division and lifted 135 pounds more than her closest competitor. Her 975-pound total consisted of a 400-pound squat, 205-pound bench press and 370-pound dead lift. Her bench press was a girl's regional record-setting lift. Placing second in her weight class was Maegan Reynaert of Gunter who lifted an 840 total.
Also competing from Leonard were Latiesha Buckley and Rebekah Feagan who placed eighth and seventh in their respective weight classes. Buckley lifted a 740-pound total, falling 80 pounds from a state-qualifying total, and Feagan lifted a 720-pound total, falling 75 pounds from a state-qualifying total.
Leonard edged out Kennedale and Bowie for the first place team trophy. In addition to the team trophy and Grantland and Jones' individual medals, girl's powerlifting coach Mike Dills was presented the Outstanding Coach award and Jones also received each of the Best Overall awards (bench, dead lift and squat) in the super heavy weight division.
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