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    WESLACO — Sometimes when a judge makes a mistake, it's not always a bad thing.


    Weslaco powerlifter Sarah Cruz was on her way to break the world record in the 105-weight class while competing in dead lift at the World Association Bench Dead Lift (WABDL) High School Championships when she found herself under a rare circumstance. Cruz and Weslaco coach Raul Villarreal agreed they were going to attempt a 275-pound lift to break the record of 271.


    As it turned out, the judges on one side of the bar had put on the appropriate weight while the judges on the opposite side placed an extra 25 pounds to make the lift 300 pounds instead of 275. Because Cruz managed to lift the weight despite the unbalance, the judges awarded Cruz a clean lift. She was then awarded the world record, previously held by Cheyenne Tavares of Hawaii.


    "Can you imagine her face," Villarreal said. "She not only broke it, she shattered it. She was excited."


    Cruz and Cindy Herrera were the nucleus of a Weslaco team that placed first in the national championship. Cruz's 125-pound lift in the bench press also set a world record previously held by Tavares. Meanwhile, Herrera placed first in both events and was named the overall best lifter of the meet. Denis Martinez also broke a world record with her 340-pound lift in the 181-weight class.


    Catt Tristan, Lili Martinez and Alexa Rojas came home with first-place finishes.


    "They did an outstanding job and I'm proud of their efforts," Villarreal said.


    Last month, the Lady Panthers ended the THSWPA state meet tied for second place while Martinez was awarded state champion. In that meet, Weslaco entered as a ninth seed.


    "This year, we've been blessed with a pretty good team," Villarreal said. "Good things happen when you think (positive)."

    Congrats to the lady Panthers and Coach Villarreal
    You say it best, when you say nothing at all.

    http://www.rgvsports.com/video/?videoId=618058956001

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    Yeah i read about this on the MVTC indeed CONGRATS TO THE WESLACO LADY PANTHERS AND COACH V.
    Last edited by Midvalleyftball79; 04-22-2011, 12:54 AM.

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      Wow. Congratulations.

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        Yeah i mean the hell with a state championship lets win a national championship and break a WORLD record lol, great accomplishment by the Lady Panther powerlifting team.
        Last edited by Midvalleyftball79; 04-30-2011, 01:34 AM.

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          Originally posted by Rival View Post
          WESLACO — Sometimes when a judge makes a mistake, it's not always a bad thing.


          Weslaco powerlifter Sarah Cruz was on her way to break the world record in the 105-weight class while competing in dead lift at the World Association Bench Dead Lift (WABDL) High School Championships when she found herself under a rare circumstance. Cruz and Weslaco coach Raul Villarreal agreed they were going to attempt a 275-pound lift to break the record of 271.


          As it turned out, the judges on one side of the bar had put on the appropriate weight while the judges on the opposite side placed an extra 25 pounds to make the lift 300 pounds instead of 275. Because Cruz managed to lift the weight despite the unbalance, the judges awarded Cruz a clean lift. She was then awarded the world record, previously held by Cheyenne Tavares of Hawaii.


          "Can you imagine her face," Villarreal said. "She not only broke it, she shattered it. She was excited."


          Cruz and Cindy Herrera were the nucleus of a Weslaco team that placed first in the national championship. Cruz's 125-pound lift in the bench press also set a world record previously held by Tavares. Meanwhile, Herrera placed first in both events and was named the overall best lifter of the meet. Denis Martinez also broke a world record with her 340-pound lift in the 181-weight class.


          Catt Tristan, Lili Martinez and Alexa Rojas came home with first-place finishes.


          "They did an outstanding job and I'm proud of their efforts," Villarreal said.


          Last month, the Lady Panthers ended the THSWPA state meet tied for second place while Martinez was awarded state champion. In that meet, Weslaco entered as a ninth seed.


          "This year, we've been blessed with a pretty good team," Villarreal said. "Good things happen when you think (positive)."

          Congrats to the lady Panthers and Coach Villarreal
          This is a great story. Wonder how much psychology played in this. She thought it was a lighter weight that what it was and she lifted it. Anyhow some very strong women down in the Valley.

          World Record Just Super. CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS LADIES. ANOTHER WOW TO ADD TO VALLEY.

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            Last edited by TarpnForce73; 05-13-2013, 10:05 PM.

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            • #7
              Nice...
              Last edited by humblewarrior695; 05-14-2013, 01:52 AM.
              those who serve the best .....profit the most-

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