GHS qualifies seven lifters for state
Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 12:34 a.m.
Gainesville had a total of seven weightlifters, including three district champions, clinch a berth to the state meet at Saturday's District 4 state qualifier at Belleview.
Ashley Allen-Jones posted a 270 total to win the 129-pound title, Jessica Kinsler claimed the 154-pound title with a 315 total while Emily Keen finished with a 320 total to place first at the 169-pound class for the Hurricanes.
“I thought my girls went down there and did what they were were supposed to do,” GHS coach Steve Bauer said. “I was hoping to qualify eight lifters, but we sent seven. I was real proud of them.”
The other GHS lifters who placed in the top-three spots in their respective weight classes and qualified for the state meet include: Shanice Brown, second at 110 (240 total), Endrina Fernandez, third at 139 (270 total), Breanna Thomas, third at 169 (280 total) and Kaneisha Peeples, second at 183 (335 total).
“My girls have worked hard all year and now we have to do our job at state and see where it goes,” Bauer said. “I thought our area did phenomenal and I want to congratulate all the girls from our district who qualified for state.”
Bradford's Whitney Yeauger won the 110-pound class with a 270 total, while her teammate Allison Scot placed first at the 119-pound class with a 220 total. The Tornadoes had four lifters qualify for the FHSAA state meet to be held at the Kissimmee Civic Center on Feb. 12. Courtney Sexton placed second at 129 (245 total), while Haley Tieken placed third at 119 (200 total) for Bradford.
Buchholz's Hannah Mesh placed second at the 154-pound class with a 305 total, while Heather Rose posted a 270 total to finish second at the 139-pound class. Her twin sister, Holly, was third at 129 with a 230 total.
Other area lifters to claim district titles were: Cortnee Belton of Interlachen at 139 (300 total), Columbia's Tiara Robinson-Smith at 199 (270 total) and Samantha Cook of Union County at the unlimited class (395 total). Keystone Heights' Morgan Boettcher, the defending state champion at the 199-pound class, finished second behind Cook with a 390 total.
Compared to the last few years and especially last season, Saturday's meet was a little different for Columbia coach Mitch Shoup, who guided the Tigers to the 2010 FHSAA state championship. A year ago, Columbia had six Gainesville Sun first-team all-area lifters, all of whom qualified for the state meet. Of that group Alaina Timmons and Celeste Gomez, The Sun's three-time lifter of the year won individual state titles. Each of those lifters graduated.
“For four years, we have had a pretty solid core group of girls,” Shoup said. “I am pretty much having to start over. It is going to take some time to get back to where we were.”
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