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Cotulla’s Benavidez becomes school’s fourth state powerlifting champion.
Cotulla’s Jennifer Benavidez has claimed the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state championship in the 148-lb. weight class following competition in Corpus Christi last weekend.
“Her hard work and dedication paid off,” CHS Girls Powerlifting Head Coach Lupe Hernandez said. “She never missed 6:30 a.m. practice and overcame a crazy season of Covid challenges.”
Although she was state champ in the Class 3A division, Benavidez’ total lift would have claimed the title across all classifications from 1A to 6A.
She posted lifts of 425 lbs. on the squat, 210 lbs. on bench press, and 370 lbs. in the deadlift for a total weight of 1,005 lbs.
She becomes the fourth lifter in CHS history to win a state championship and first since Jasmyne Martinez won the title in 2017 at the 220-lb. division. Suzy Kilde was a two-time state champion in 2003 and 2004 while Yomi Sanchez earned a state championship in 2007.
Regina Seidel also competed at the state meet and finished sixth overall in the 220-lb. weight class.
She posted lifts of 400 lbs. in the squat, 210 lbs. in the bench press and 330 lbs. in the deadlift for a total lift of 940 lbs.
In Class 4A small school action at Corpus Christi, Pearsall’s Sol Selvera finished seventh in the 97-lb. weight class. She posted lifts of 160 lbs. in the squat, 85 lbs. in the bench press and 185 lbs. in the deadlift. She had a total lift of 430 lbs.
Teammate Alamar Garcia did not place at the event in the 114-lb. division.