MACCLENNY – Powered by four individual champions, the Clay High girls weightlifting team threw their hat into the ringer of state teams looking to upend Baker County High as the powerhouse lift …
MACCLENNY – Powered by four individual champions, the Clay High girls weightlifting team threw their hat into the ringer of state teams looking to upend Baker County High as the powerhouse lift team in north Florida as the Blue Devils finished second overall in district 5-1A Saturday afternoon at Baker County High School.
Teams will reconvene at Clay High School on January 20 for the region championships with top lifters heading to the state championships in Panama City Beach on Jan. 17-20. Top six lifters from districts advanced to the region meet.
River Ridge won the Class 1A title last year with a dominant 29 points with Nature Coast second at 17 and Clay fourth with 14; powered by state titles from Erykah Murray and Ashleigh Dean, both now graduated. Baker County was fifth with 12 points.
Middleburg compete Thurs., Jan. 11 at Oakleaf High School in their district 4-2A championship. Keystone Heights competes January 12 at Interlachen High School in the district 7-1A championships.
At Baker County, with the Wildcats taking the team title with 82 points ahead of Clay’s 68, Clay came home with gold medals from Hannah Forbes in the 110-pound class; Brooke Berger at 129; Carlie Mcrae at 139 and Jade Berger at 154. Mcrae and both Bergers were state meet qualifiers with Brooke Berger finishing 12th at 129, Mcrae no-lifting in clean and jerk at 139 and Jade Berger finishing 19th at 154 pounds.
Baker County countered with individuals titles from Savannah Stafford at 101, fourth at 101 last year, who edged Clay’s Sereniti Forkey; Ryah Davis at 119, second at 119 last year, who beat Clay’s Katie James, who competed at state but no-lifted in clean and jerk; Quinci Hand at 183 who teamed with teammate Brandi Taylor for a 1-2 finish and Eva Gray at 199. Hand finished 12th at 199 last year with Gray 16th also at 199.
Also winning an individual title was Ridgeview High’s Sydney Davis at 169 pounds who beat out Baker County’s Emily Carpenter with a total of 305.
Finishing with top six finishes and advancing were, at 101, from Clay; Sereniti Forkey (2nd) and Sierra Forkey of Clay (fourth); at 110, from Orange Park, Carrington Robinson (2nd) and Emma Hashtak (4th); from Ridgeiview, Vishwa Patel (6th); at 119, from Clay, Kamerin Peters (4th); at 129, from Ridgeview, Crystal Hunter (3rd) and Joanna Fowler (5th), from Orange Park, Kayla Saunders (6th); at 139, from Clay, Jordyn Ferguson (2nd), from Ridgeview, Jenna Henderson (4th) and Alanna Bonifacio (6th); at 154, from Clay, Sabrina Huete (3rd); from Ridgeview, Tania McCormick (4th) and Jayla Hall (5th); from Orange Park, Ramsy Phillips (6th) at 169, from Orange Park, Addyson Mauldin (3rd), from Clay, Ahna Marti (4th), from Ridgeview, Tabytha Rickett (6th); at 183, from Orange Park, Shehavah Williams (3rd), from Clay, Morgan Silvis (5th); at 199, from Ridgeview, Grier Burrows (4th) and Laura Deliscar (5th); from Clay, Dakota Worley (6th); at Unlimited, from Clay, Madilyn Rossetti (3rd), Lindsay Brooks (5th) and, from Ridgeview, Nava Hall (4th). Hall was 17th in unlimited last year.