Kaytlyn Bales represented Italy High School at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state power lifting meet at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi on March 19 and came home with a medal for the third year in a row.

“Kaytlyn is a competitor and a great young lady to work with, so coaching her is really easy,” said Jeff Richters, Italy powerlifting coach. “Going into the regional and state meets I really had no doubt in my mind that she would, at the very least, medal. I look forward to next season and once again, I fully expect her to do nothing short of medaling.”

Bales placed fifth in the 198-pound class as the lightest lifter in the division out of a field of nine Class 2A lifters. She brought home a third place medal last year in Class 1A and a fifth place 1A medal in 2009.

“We are so proud of her,” said Craig Bales, Italy ISD athletic director and Kaytlyn’s dad. “Between her determination and being well coached for the last three years, she stuck with it and brought home another state medal.”

Last year Bales hit 210 in the squat, 135 in the bench press and 270 in the dead lift for a total of 615. She topped that this year with 280 in the squat, 155 in the bench press and 300 in the dead lift, which is her personal best for a total of 735.

Leonard’s April Jones placed first in the weight class with a total lift of 980 pounds.

Bales is the daughter of Craig and Jenny Bales of Italy and the sister of Kelton, Kaci and Kix.

Maypearl’s Mollie Sepert placed third in the 165-pound class with a total lift of 820 pounds.

Sepert missed first by 40 pounds as Victoria Avila of Hebbronville claimed gold.

Sepert squatted 335, benched 145 and deadlifted 340.

Amanda Shortes represented Red Oak Life in the Class 2A 97-pound class and placed ninth to round out the 2A representatives from Ellis County. Shortes squatted 200, benched 85 and deadlifted 215 as she finished with a total of 500 pounds.