Toro takes third in USA Nationals

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Abby Toro performs a successful deadlift to secure third place in Nationals.

Youth powerlifter Abby Toro of Provencal finished third overall at the USA Powerlifting Youth National Championships in Lafayette Feb. 2. She competed in the 52 kg (114 pound) weight class. She finished with a 57.5 kg (126.76 pound) squat, a 25 kg (55.12 pound) bench press and a 70kg (154.32 pound) deadlift to give her a 152.5 kg (336.20 pound) total.

On her final deadlift attempt, Toro struggled 87.5 kg (192.90 pounds) to secure second place. She fought the weight but it was just too much to complete. Her coach and father, Derek Toro, said, “Abby showed a great deal of determination and character today. She was able to compete against the best lifters that her age and weight class had to offer.

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The competition was a great eye opener for her so that she can push herself, continue to improve, and challenge for the top spot at next year’s Youth National Championships.” In addition to earning third place, Toro added another state record to her resume. She now holds the state record for the Youth 2 Divisions 52 kg Class’s Bench Press Single Lift with 25 kg. She will be back in action May 4 at the Louisiana State Games in West Monroe.