Stephenville powerlifters Taylor White and Josh Grantham finished third and first respectively at Saturday’s regional meet to advance to the state competition.

Stephenville was well represented on both the boys and girls side of the regional competition.

White finished third in the 97 pound weight class, despite having the highest squat total among the lifters in her class.

White squatted 245 pounds, benched 95 and deadlifted 215 pounds.

“She had a good day, but not a great day,” said coach Jeffrey Thompson.  “And she’ll be the first to tell you that.  She’s been fighting pneumonia all week.  We’re hoping to have her healthy and ready for state.

Freshman Kristen Hayes also qualified for regionals, and had a strong showing in the 220 pound class.

“She had her best sqaut of the season and fought some adversity on the bench press and finished with 695,” said Thompson.  “She didn’t have her best day, but it was a good experience and we expect big things from her in the years to come.”

Hayes squatted 330, benched 115 and deadlifted 250.

On the boys’ side, Grantham was the leader of the pack taking home the gold in the 275 pound weight class, with a squat of 625, bench of 340 and deadlift of 580 pounds.

Dwayne Phillips placed fifth in the competition, but just missed the state qualification.

Phillips squatted 515, benched 350 and deadlifted 510 in the 242 pound weight class.

Other regional qualifiers were Hayden Whitely, Brad Mills, Javier Perez and Adrion Edwards.

The girls’ state meet will be on March 20 in Corpus Christi, while the boys’ will follow on March 28 in Abilene.