Hard work paid off for Glen Rose High School sophomore Angie Herrera, who placed 14th in her 97-pound weight class last Friday in Waco in the girls Class 4A state powerlifting meet.

Herrera broke her own school record for the deadlift event (225 pounds), and tied her mark in the bench press (85 pounds). She is only the second girl from GRHS ever to qualify for the state powerlifting meet.

Herrera also lifted 170 pounds in the squat lift, and her total amount lifted on the day was 480 pounds — her second-best total of the season.

GRHS powerlifting coach Terry Harlin said not only did Herrera work hard to reach state this year, she’s already got her sights set on trying to return there in 2020 during her junior year.

“Angie is (a) very dedicated student-athlete and we are extremely proud of her exceptional powerlifting season; her success didn't happen by mere chance. She put the hours in, in the weight-room and it paid off.”

Harlin noted that Herrera entered the meet as the 16th-ranked lifter in her weight class, but finished two spots above that.