Ringgold High School student heading to state power-lifting competition

Pictured from left to right: Zyon Bell, Cynye Smith, Lily Plunkett and Leanne Barnard.

By Paige Nash

Ringgold High School junior Zyon Bell will be competing at the Louisiana State Power-lifting meet in Lafayette next month. 

This is a great feat considering this is only the third year that RHS has had a participating team. Bell alone made up the entire team up until the current year.

Team coach Latoya Davis Bell said, “This year we were glad to have three more young ladies join and push themselves to do something outside of the norm. The coaches are striving to build this team and these young ladies are continually amazing us with all that they are willing to do. I am just proud of them all.” 

Joining Coach Bell are coaches Courtney Allums, Sherman Simon, Anthony Hullaby and Anton Calloway.

This past Saturday, February 18, Bell along with two freshmen Lily Plunkett and Cynye Smith participated in the North Regional Power-lifting meet at Ruston High School. Sophomore Leanne Barnard is also a member of the RHS team, but did not participate in the regional meet this year. 

Bell began participating with the Ringgold High School Power-lifting team her eighth grade year, but competed for her first time at a regional meet her sophomore year. Last year she earned 6th in her weight division and 10th for all regions, advancing to the state meet where she finished in 8th place. 

At this year’s North Regional Power-lifting meet Bell was able to earn a 2nd place finish in Division V – 220 weight class with a 4th overall standing for state. Her squat was 225 pounds, 125 pound bench-press and a dead-lift of 295 pounds. Her total weight lifted was 695 pounds on Saturday. 

The Louisiana State meet will kick-off March 21st and run through the 25th in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

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