Arabian powerlifters finish season in Regional meet

The Devine Arabian Powerlifting team had four athletes representing DHS in the Regional Meet this past Saturday in Carrizo Springs. Freshman Khali Key finished the meet in 9th place. “I am very proud of Khali for getting this far her freshman year. I look for great things from her in the future. Khali is a great competitor and works very hard,” stated Head Coach Paul Gomez.
Jessie Ramirez finished the meet in 10th place. “I am also extremely proud of Jessie, even though she is a junior; this is still her first year competing in powerlifting. She had a successful year and earned her fair share of medals from the meets. Jessie is a tough competitor and will continue to improve in her strength and technique. I look forward to a very successful senior campaign,” said Gomez.
Journey Shoemake, according to Gomez, “had a tough meet. She bombed out in the squat and could not get her opening weight. Journey has some balance issues that we have to fix with stretching and strengthening of her ankles, which should get her on the right path to a successful senior year. It is not that she cannot do the weight; it is just that she keeps falling back when she squats. I know Journey will put in the extra work in starting today to get back to regionals and aim for a medal.”
“Paige Coté bombed out in the bench press, which is her best lift. She is understandably upset about not returning to the state meet but this should light an extra fire in her competitive heart. Next year, her senior year, will be her best year.”
The Arabians experienced much success this past season. “All of these girls are returning next year so we should have a very competitive team. I am excited to see what lies ahead in the future for these girls,” Gomez concluded.
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer