Zehila Frias placed fourth to medal at 165 pounds. It was her first trip and she will be back next year for a shot at becoming state champ. Sophomore Alexis Pelitire was ranked 10th entering the event and finished seventh overall in the same weight division as Frias.
Both girls have vowed to work harder, maybe drop down a weight class or two and work toward getting their own state championship crown.
Segovia was second in state her freshman year, fifth as a sophomore and was third in her division last year.
“It feels amazing to finally get it. I’ve overcome a lot – injuries, pain and a lot of hard work to get there,” Segovia said.
Segovia wasn’t really challenged by her 4A competitors this year as the second place entrant was more than 150 pounds behind Segovia. Even the 5A champion had a total in her three lifts 75 pounds lighter than the Lady Trojan.
“She really needs to go to the national level to really find some competition and fire up her competitiveness,” said Trojan powerlifting coach Alan Burkett.
“I’m very proud of the girls and am happy to see that Elizabeth achieved her goal and obtained her state championship title.”
Segovia is the third state champion for coach Burkett. Marlena Garza won in 2008, Leeza Garcia in 2009 and now Segovia puts her name on the top trophy.
“I really love the sport. It’s been a big part of my life the past four years,” Segovia said.
Winning the state championship as a senior is not the end. She has eyes on competing nationally and maybe internationally.
“We’re looking at the national meet in Boise, Idaho, in May. Then we’ll see how it goes from there.” Segovia said.
As for future plans, a few years from now, Segovia plans on owning a gym of her own and will work to encourage young women to get into weight lifting as a means to better fitness and to perform better in all sports.
“The girls who get into weight lifting usually dominate in their other sports,” Segovia said.
“She (Segovia) really inspires me. I’ve always looked up to her,” Frias said.
The Lady Trojans have had a good program over the years and with another state championship trophy in the trophy case it gets even better. And, the Trojans may have to expand the trophy case in the next couple of years as Frias and Pelitire continue to compete and challenge for state championships of their own over the next two years.