Leesville High School powerlifting head coach Kamilah Todd is proud to announce it will host its first-ever Wampus Cat Invitational Powerlifting Meet at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Leesville High School powerlifting head coach Kamilah Todd is proud to announce it will host its first-ever Wampus Cat Invitational Powerlifting Meet at 9 a.m. Saturday.

According to Todd, powerlifters from Natchitoches Central, Pineville, Pickering and Pitkin, along with hosting Leesville, will compete in the event.

Over the past few years, the Leesville powerlifting program has been growing, with the Lady Cats coming away with a state runner-up trophy two season ago. There have been a number of individual state champions coached by Todd, who herself competes at national events.

Last week, the Lady Cats opened their season at the Mamou Green Demon Invitational and performed rather well. The Lady Cats had two first-place lifters, along with two in second place, two in fourth place and two in fifth place.

Keyana “Keke” Poteat, the reigning Vernon Parish Newcomer of the Year in softball, brought home first place in the 220-pound weight class as her three combined lifts tallied 675 pounds.

Dominique Shelby, competing in the 123-pound class, took first place in her division with a three-lift total of 650 pounds, while Shanlesa Bethea, competing at 114, was second place with a total lift of 635 pounds.

Tiyana Sims, competing in the 220-plus class, took second overall with a combined lift total of 645 pounds.

Cheyenne Bell and Marcyanna Concepcion each took fourth place in their weight classes, while Natalie Wells and Madison Merchant were fifth overall in their respective divisions.

Bell, competing at 132, lifted 485 pounds, while Concepcion, in the 148-pound class, tallied a total of 545 pounds on her three lifts.

Wells lifted 525 pounds in the 165-pound class, while Merchant, competing at 198, powered up 590 pounds on her three lifts.