Burnet powerlifter sets personal bests at state meet


CORPUS CHRISTI — Burnet High School senior powerlifter Desiree Vajgrt finished her high school career by setting several personal bests at the state powerlifting meet March 20.

Vajgrt was 11th out of 26 Class 4A powerlifters. She had a 400-pound squat, a 185-pound bench press and a 360-pound dead lift for a total weight of 945 pounds, all new personal records.

“That’s all you can ask for from any athlete in their final event is for them to do their very best,” Burnet head coach Andy McHazlett said. “It was her first time at state. All of her totals went up.”

Because she was making her first state appearance, McHazlett said Vajgrt was nervous. But that didn’t stop her from performing the way she said she would. Her intention heading into the meet was to do her finest, which she did, McHazlett said.

The meet was at the end of Spring Break for the Lady Dawg. Because the two had a plan of how much rest she needed and what kinds of food to eat, the coach said the lifter did all she could to put herself in the best position to perform.

“She gave it all she had,” he said.

Vajgrt was the second Lady Dawg to qualify for the state meet after graduate Brittany Barksdale. McHazlett said the two won’t be the last.

“That’ll inspire other girls to come out and work hard and get there as well,” he said.”


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