Arabians hit Corpus for Regional; record 9 powerlifters look to advance to State

Aaliyah Terrazas, Arsci Lopez, Nayeli Saldaña, Jeanette Rios, Cassandra Elias, Isellia Gutierrez, Cece Martinez, Khali Key, and Kylie Rodriguez qualified for Regional Powerlifting Meet after a shortened, but yet exciting 2021 season.
Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway is the site for March 4 as the nine Arabians put on their power show in hopes of advancing to state competition, which is also held in Corpus Christi.
The nine Arabian lifters is the most lifters representing Devine at regional competition in the history of the program.
Head Coach Paul Gomez said the following, “I want to thank the Arabian powerlifters for having the most successful year in school history. Winning every meet is an awesome accomplishment.”
Schedules in all sport have been in a state of flux due to COVID19 and recent weather woes.
Gomez addressed those issues saying, “I wish we could have had more meets and had the opportunity for more lifters to compete. I am hoping next year we can return to more normalcy and be able to take all 19 lifters every meet.”
This season, meets were limited to eight lifters in each weight division. Some schools experienced or may experience a drop in number of lifters at practice due to no spot available for all who wish to compete.
That was not the case for Devine, and Gomez looks forward to what the future holds for his program.
“We have many young lifters that are going to do great things for years to come,” Gomez continued. “I thank all the student-athletes and parents for their patience and understanding during the crazy year.”
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer