The Waxahachie Lady Indians had two first-place finishers and placed fourth overall in the Burleson Centennial Invitational.

Natalie McBride and Mariah Carter led the way for the Lady Indians with a pair of firsts to help Waxahachie to 22 overall points in the meet.

Burleson won the meet, held Thursday, Jan. 17, with 50 points, while Burleson Centennial finished with 39 and Joshua placed third with 22 points.

The Lady Owls took the tiebreaker with two first-place finishes, a second place and a third, while the Lady Indians recorded two firsts, two thirds and a fourth.

For those new to the sport, high school powerlifting is not an official UIL sport and is instead sanctioned by the Texas High School Powerlifting Association. Seven points are awarded to each first-place lifter in his respective weight class, while second place receives five points, third receives three, fourth nets two and fifth place is awarded one point.

Team totals are cumulative. Lifters strive to be in the top 12 of their respective weight classes in order to advance to the regional meet and then need to be in the top two of their region to advance to state.

Participating schools are broken into three divisions — not six classifications — and then divided into six regions.

McBride recorded a three-lift total of 710 pounds to win the 132-class. She posted lifts of 300 pounds inside the squat rack, 135 on the bench and 275 on the deadlift. She is currently the second-ranked lifter in Division I Region III in the 132-pound class.

Teammate Alani Diaz placed third in the same weight class with a 530-pound three-lift total.

Carter won the 220-pound class with an 810-pound three-lift total. She benched 160 pounds, squatted 335 and pulled a 315-pound deadlift.

Mariana Mendoza placed fourth in the 181-pound class with a 620-pound three-lift total and Avery Malesky recorded a 715-pound total in the 220-pound class (third) to round out the Lady Indians first meet of the season.