School history was made again when Straube took home third in the 1A division and broke every girl’s powerlifting record that was held at Three Rivers High School.
The 15-year-old honor student is a ball of energy and proud of her accomplishments.
“I was happy just being there; I didn’t care if I placed,” Straube said.
Straube did some weight lifting in junior high as part of sport conditioning training, but this year was her first year to actually work on powerlifting.
Straube, who said she is not a morning person, has endured 6 a.m. practice for months in hopes of making it to the state meet.
She said the early morning practices weren’t the hardest part though.
According to her, the hardest part is keeping her weight right.
She is in the 132-pound weight class and must keep her weight between 123.6 and 132.5 pounds. If she goes over the weight, she will have to go up to the 148 weight class and would compete against much larger girls.
“I really have to watch what I eat,” she said. “I can’t eat breads or grease.”
She manages to keep her weight right around 129 pounds, and to ensure all is good at weigh-in, she eats almost nothing the day before each meet.
At the state meet, there were six other girls in her weight class, and the first five placed.
The events were squat, bench press and dead lift in that order. Each participant gets three lifts at each event. However, if a participant is unable to make the lifts, she is not able to move on to the next event.
The key is not starting out too heavy. For example, Straube started out her opening lift for squat at 235 pounds instead of her normal 245 pounds. So, while she opened with less than normal, she was able to go up in weight on each lift, and her third lift was a personal best at 285 pounds.
Her dead lift weight was also a personal best at 315 pounds, and her bench press weight was 115 pounds. She had a total weight of 715 pounds, which was enough to earn her third place. The girls who got first and second had total weights of 780 pounds and 800. She said both those girls were seniors and had years more practice than she had.
Looking forward to next year, she said she needs to work on her arm strength.
“They are weak compared to the other girls,” she said.
While Straube did perform the actual lifts by herself, she acknowledges that she has had help getting to where she is.
She had two other friends (Teresa and Paul) who attended those months of early morning practice with her; she also had family and friends attend the meet. And when it came time for the regional and state meet, she brought along Michael Casarez, a former Three Rivers powerlifter and state champion, to wrap her legs before the meet.
When it comes to being proud, it seems like Straube tries the hardest to impress her father, who is also her coach.
“I always feel like I have to work hard for him to be proud of me,” she said. “He has seen all these amazing kids. He has had athletes go to state competition.”
She has nothing to worry about though; her father is more than proud.
“It feels very good to see her see her do well,” coach Straube said. “It was a lot of hard work.”
He continued that there was even some crying at those early morning practices, but that “It’s a special time and very enjoyable.”
The powerlifting program is fairly new to Three Rivers High School – only four years old – so Straube is glad to see that the girls team is getting some recognition.
“We are really excited about the girls team next year,” he said.
Since this is her first year in high school, Carle is participating in all six sports the school offers (track, powerlifting, basketball, volleyball, cross county and softball) to see what she likes.
With a successful first year of powerlifting, she plans to return next year.
“I think this is my favorite sport so far,” she said.
Three Rivers had another female student, sophomore Symantha Flores, qualify for the state meet; however, due to a problem with her uniform, she was unable to compete.