WYANDOTTE - Jessica Staggs is a trendsetter.
The Wyandotte senior will be what is believed to be the first female entrant in Saturday’s Oklahoma Coaches Association small school state power lifting meet at McLoud.
She qualified by placing fifth in the 123-pound class at the Northeast Regional last Saturday at Cleveland.
Staggs will be one of 11 Wyandotte lifters competing in the state meet. Her 525-pound total is 25th in a field of 25, but she's elated about qualifying.
“It feels good, especially since I beat some boys,” Staggs said. “I just try to do the best I can.”
She had a lift of 225 pounds in the squat, 100 in the bench press and 200 in the deadlift.
The squat is her favorite event: “It's the hardest, but that's what I am best at.”
“She is a first-class kid,” Wyandotte coach Scott Martin said. “She cheers and is involved with a lot of things, but she really took hold of it (weightlifting).”
Other Wyandotte lifters who will be competing include Song Cha, Blong Cha, Mitchell Weisinger, Ryan Garrett, Jacob Pesek, Justin Walton, Andrew Douthit, Brady Barrett, Angel Torres and Chris Carr.
Song Cha and Carr were regional champs while Weisinger was a runner-up.
Daniel Stacy of Quapaw, Alex Smith of Welch and Dillon Johnson of Afton also were regional champs.
The top five finishers in each weight qualify along with at-large competitors.
Among those pulled into the field were Blong Cha, Bailey Lasiter and Colton Spradling of Quapaw, Wyatt Ball of Fairland and Marco Sierra of Commerce.
Others representing Quapaw will be Keith Attocknie, Andrew Bayliss and Landon Corbus.
Along with Johnson, Afton will be represented by Dillon Wheatley, Brooks Victor and Richard Davis.
Kolton Selsor and Slate Boyer will join Ball from Fairland in the state meet.
Sierra, Dylon McMillan and Blake White will represent Commerce.
Ten of the competitors – Stacy, Bayliss, Weisinger, Selsor, Spradling, Douthit, Wheatley, Carr, Victor and Johnson – qualified for the meet last year. Stacy had the best placement, seventh at 132.