GHS finishes 3rd at girls weightlifting event

Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 12:42 a.m.

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS — The Gainesville High School girls weightlifting team placed third out of 16 teams at Saturday's Keystone Heights Invitational.

Jessica Kinsler won the 154-pound weight class to lead the way for the Hurricanes, who had six lifters place in the top three of their respective weight classes.

“I thought my girls did very well,” said GHS coach Steve Bauer, whose club was second at last year's event. “Every lifter that I had at the meet had their personal bests today and I was very proud of them.”

Kinsler, who was third at last year's state meet, posted a winning total 365 pounds, while Columbia's Dana Roberts turned in a 330 total to claim the title at the 199-pound class. Keystone Heights' Morgan Boettcher, The Sun's 2011 girls weightlifter of the year, placed first in the unlimited class. The junior finished with a 425 total as did Bradford's Samantha Cook, who was at Union County last season. However, Boettcher claimed the title via the weigh-in tiebreaker.

Cortnee Belton of Interlachen finished with a 330 total to place second in the 139-pound class.

At the 119-pound class, Shanice Brown of GHS, placed second with a 245 total, while teammate Breanna Thomas was the runner-up at the 169-pound class with a 295 total. Cayla Tucker finished third (280 total) in the 183-pound class for the Hurricanes, while Miranda Bass placed third (280 total) in the 199-pound class, with Taylor Wooden finishing third (335 total) in the unlimited class for GHS.

New Port Richey Ridge won the team title with 54 points, followed by Inverness Citrus with 48 points. GHS was third with 35 points, Leesburg was fourth with 26 points, while Keystone Heights, Columbia and Interlachen finished in a three-way tie for fifth place with 10 points.

“I thought the area girls showed that they are one of the top sections in the state,” Bauer said.

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