In an instant, Tricia Williams knew what she had to do.
After concluding the 2013 powerlifting season with her second consecutive third-place showing at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association Class 1A State Meet, the Lometa standout immediately decided she wanted more.
“As soon as last year ended, I made my goal to win state,” Williams said. “As soon as the outcome of last year’s meet was determined, I decided.”
Then, she followed through.
Williams placed first in the 220-plus-pound weight class at the state meet held at Corpus Christi on Friday, totaling 1,150 pounds to beat second-place by 150 pounds.
The total is more than 100 pounds better than her 2013 showing, and the effort was worth it, according to Williams.
“I’m excited,” the senior said. “I’m a lot more excited than the past two years, when I went to state and placed third. … It has taken a lot of hard work over the entire year.”
The most significant improvements came in the squat and bench press as Williams added 50 pounds to each of her lifts from a year ago.
Williams, who is the defending Class 1A state track and field champion in both the discus and shot put, posted a 450-pound squat and a 300-pound bench press. Of the 114 lifters to compete at the meet, only one other girl was able to lift 200 pounds in the bench press.
“I worked on my bench press because my squats aren’t very high,” she said. “I’ll just catch them in the bench press if anyone outsquats me.”
In the deadlift, Williams hoisted a personal best 400 pounds to secure the victory.
Having never achieved the feat in the past, Williams was determined to do so on the state’s grandest stage.
“I just tried to block everything out, and pull it up off the ground,” she said.
En route to winning gold at the state meet, Williams, who became the first Lometa student to earn a Division I scholarship in athletics since the late ‘70s by committing to Texas-Arlington, broke the Region II, Division III record for total weight earlier this month. Additionally, she set new records in the squat and bench press at the regional meet.
Along with her first-place finish, Williams was awarded a $500 scholarship from the THSWPA for her performance.
With her high school powerlifting career complete, Williams turns her attention to the UIL’s State Track & Field Championships held in early May at Austin, where she will look to defend her titles in the shot put and discus.
“This gives me a little extra motivation,” she said.
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