Two Lady Hawks finish in top 10 at state
Iowa Park High School junior Lauren Tatom placed fifth and sophomore Alondra Watkins ninth in their respective weight class Saturday at the Texas Womens High School Powerlifting State Meet in Corpus Christi.
Tatom, competing for the second consecutive year at state in the 123 class, totalled 735 pounds in the three events (squat, bench press and deadlift), just five pounds short of fourth place finisher Kayedon Oliver of Paris North Lamar.
Alana Montes of Zapata won the 123 class with a 980 total.
Watkins, in her first year competing at state in the 105 class, totalled 585 pounds in the three events.
Madi Werner of Seminole captre the 105 title with a total of 790.
“They did a great job this season,” Coach Rick Weaver said of the two Lady Hawk lifters.
“It was Lauren’s second trip to the state meet, so she knew what to expect, and I think that really helped her.”
Weaver noted that Tatom missed a personal record on a deadlift attempt that was questionable, in his opinion, and would have put her in fourth place.
“Everybody around thought it was a good lift,” he said. “She had a great year.
She won the gold in every meet that she lifted in, and medaled at the state meet.”
Weaver also had praise for Watkins, who in her first year in powerlifting won the 105 class title at region and finished in the top 10 at state.
“She was nervous going into the meet,” he said. “She made a couple of mistakes on squat, but then settled down and had a good meet.
“I am excited for both of them,” continued Weaver. “Lauren is a junior and Alondra is only a sophomore. I expect to watch both of them lift at the state meet again next year.”