Lady Dawgs collect four regional medals

Burnet junior powerlifters Brailey Hall and Jayci Craig were all smiles with their regional bling. Hall, at left, won the 181 class in Region II for the second year in a row and finished fifth at the finale in 2016. Craig twice collected regional bronze, 132 class freshman year, and 148 class sophomore year and was a state alternate each time. She cleared the qualifying hurdle in 2017 with a silver finish. Craig also added her name to the regional record books with a 165 pound bench press. The two qualifiers are excited to make some state memories on March 17.

 

 

By Wayne Craig

Bulletin Sports

Seven Lady Bulldog powerlifters advanced to regional competition last week where they let their lifting talents shine. Four of Burnet’s seven lifters brought home some bling for their efforts. You must be one of the top 12 lifters in the region from your classification to compete at regionals. The top five from each weight-class earn medals but only the top two from each class get to move on and compete at state. Third place finishers are considered alternates. The further along a lifter gets in competition the more intense each lift becomes. Bigger meets are filled with adrenaline pumping moments and the Lady Dawgs had a number of their own at the 2017 Region II Championships. When the final stats were tallied two Lady Dawg lifters were grinning ear-to-ear knowing they were state bound. After back-to-back years as a regional bronze state alternate Burnet junior Jayci Craig punched her ticket to the big show with a 785 pound silver finish in the 132-148 class. Craig also put her name in the Region II record books with a 165 pound bench press that tied the previous record. Brailey Hall will be making a second appearance at the big dance. Hall collected a regional gold for the second year in a row in the 181 class. In 2016 Hall produced an 830 total and finished fifth in the state. She bettered that with an 870 pound regional total this year and has high hopes of improving that mark at the state meet. Burnet junior Julyssa Silva finished out her first season of powerlifting with a 500 pound total in the 97 class. That earned Silva a regional bronze medal. She was only 40 pounds shy of a state qualifying total. Burnet junior Alex Barry had several great moments in her first year of competition. Barry competed well at regionals and brought home a fifth place medal after a 750 total in the 181’s. Makayla Martinez, Leah Ng, and Crystal Rios were also part of Burnet’s seven regional lifters. Martinez turned in a 520 total for tenth in the 123, Ng posted a 685 in her classification for tenth, and Rios also did well with a 605 total in the 165 class. The state meet will be held in Waco on March 17.

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