Tricia Williams cemented her spot at state in style Saturday.

Competing in the Region II, Division III powerlifting meet at Gatesville, the Lometa senior set a record for total weight en route to a first-place finish.

Williams won the 220-plus pound weight class by lifting a combined 1,110 pounds, breaking the records for squat and bench press in the process.

In addition to a 390-pound dead lift, Williams produced a 430-pound lift in the squat and did 290 pounds on the bench press.

With the showing, Williams advances to the state meet March 14 in Corpus Christi, where she will look to improve on consecutive third-place finishes.

She is already ahead of schedule of last year’s pace after totaling 1,030 pounds at the 2013 state meet, including a record-breaking 265-pound bench press.

Salado’s Madalyn Graham also emerged from the meet with a berth at state, delivering a qualifying total of 650 pounds in the 123-pound weight class. Graham had a 235-pound squat, 155-pound bench press and a 260-pound deadlift.

Florence’s Amanda Stiles placed second in the 181-pound weight class with 790 total pounds (340 squat, 165 bench press, 285 dead lift), while teammate Shelbie Long finished second to Williams by lifting 1,085 (420 squat, 230 bench press), including a 435-pound dead lift.

Several Gatesville athletes earned bids to the non-UIL sanctioned Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state meet at the Region II, Division II meet.

In the 105-pound weight class, Sabra Warren claimed first place (615 total), while teammate Elizabeth Trejo delivered a qualifying total of 710 in the 123-pound weight class. Gatesville 181-pounder Cursti Cope also won her division with 830 pounds, including a 330-pound squat.

Gatesville’s Kaydee Sexton won the 220-pound weight class with a squat of 355 pounds, a 195-pound bench press and a 345-pound dead lift to total 895 pounds, while teammate Sarah Walker also qualified in the 198-pound division with a total of 865 pounds.

Lampasas senior Angelica Sanchez was the lone Lady Badger to advance to the state meet, finishing with a qualifying total of 665 pounds in the 123-pound weight class. Sanchez set a division record in the dead lift by hoisting 295 pounds.

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