Competition is the trait that helps define Lafayette senior powerlifter M.C. Pate. The desire to be the best — in any sport — is an intangible gift that Pate has relied on to succeed in softball and most recently girls powerlifting.
Over the past two seasons, Pate has been the anchor of an LHS team that has reached plenty of top marks at various competitions. Despite being the smallest member of the team — she competes in the 97-pound weight class — Pate has consistently risen to the top of the ranks in Class II and most recently was ranked as the second-best lifter in her class in the entire state.
Now, as the team prepares to compete in the MHSAA Class II state meet in Jackson on Saturday, Pate is prepared to finish out her career with a championship and show the rest of the lifting community what some extra hard work can lead to.
The genesis of how Pate became a member of the team started two years ago when coach Sandra Smith recruited her. Smith needed a girl in the lowest weight division, and with the blessing of former softball coach Cay Papagolos, Pate said she would compete. Pate’s first meet was the Oxford Invitational and the end result was so pleasing that she had to stick with the sport she now ranks as high as softball. (April 14, 2011, Page 6)