Gainesville qualifies seven lifters for state


Gainesville freshman Janice Kinsler lifts 130 pounds in the clean and jerk in the 129-pound weight class during the girls District 4 qualifier weighlifting meet Saturday at Belleview High.

Bruce Ackerman/Staff photographer
Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.

BELLEVIEW — Gainesville High School's girls weightlifting team dominated the District 4 Qualifier on Saturday afternoon at Belleview High School.

Paced by three individual champions, the Hurricanes qualifed an event-best of seven lifters for the FHSAA State Meet, which will take place on Feb. 11 in Kissimmee.

“The girls went out and competed and did a great job,” Gainesville coach Steve Bauer said. “I'm proud of all of the girls from this section. This is one of the toughest in the state. They all did a great job.”

Leading the way for Gainesville was Jessica Kinsler, who totaled 370 pounds, to roll to the title at 154 pounds.

Kinsler's bench press of 210 pounds was one of the best at the meet and enabled her to win her weight class by 60 pounds over Ocala Forest's Marian Mustain.

Joining Kinsler as individual winners for the Hurricanes were Shanice Brown (119) and Emily Keen (183).

Brown won her weight class by totaling 240 pounds and weighing less than Ocala Vanguard's Treunna Austin, while Keen earned a 30-pound victory after totaling 320 pounds.

Miranda Bass (199), Breanna Thomas (169) and Janice Kinsler (129) qualified by finishing as runner-ups for Gainesville and Taylor Wodden (Unl.) was third.

Other champions from the area included: Keystone Heights' Jealyn Miller (110), Buchholz's Sarahanna Thomas (129) and Bradford's Samantha Cook (Unl).

Other qualifiers from the area included: Keystone Heights' Morgan Boettcher (Unl.) and Bradford's Karen Clark (110)

The top three lifters in each weight class earned trips to state from the sectional, which was made up of 21 schools.

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