Makatura, Keystone Heights win state weightlifting titles

Interlachen senior Jared Makatura matched a state record when he won his fourth straight weightlifting state title Friday in Kissimmee.

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Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:09 p.m.

Interlachen senior Jared Makatura became the second boys weightlifter in state history to win four straight titles Friday when he cruised to the Class 1A championship in the 238-pound weight class at the Kissimmee Civic Center.

Makatura posted a personal-record total of 805 pounds, fueled by a 420-pound bench press and a clean and jerk of 385 pounds. The nearest competitor in the 238 weight class, Jacksonville Trinity Christian's Vic Alexander, lifted a 665-pound total.

Makatura, who has previously won titles in the 199 and 219 weight classes, was 20 pounds away from breaking the state's all-time weight record of 825 pounds.

Palatka's Eugene Foster, a state champion from 1993-96, is the only other boys weightlifter to earn four state titles in a career.

In the team standings, Keystone Heights won a share of its first Class 1A championship after tying Baker County, and Suwannee finished in a three-way tie for second overall with 14 points.

Bulldogs sophomore Shawn Gross won an individual state title for SHS in the 119-pound weight class with a 410 total. Manny Walker captured third place in the 154-pound division with his 600 total, and Eric Walker finish close behind in fourth.

The co-champion Indians compiled16 points in the competition to match the Wildcats and were led by junior Dakota Hodge's second-place finish in the 129 weight class on a 435-pound total. KHS sophomore Steven Beverly placed sixth in the division with a 425-pound total.

Keystone Heights also notched a pair of third-place results as Lane Blanton lifted 495 pounds in the 139 weight class and fellow senior Chase Musselman totaled 600 pounds in the 169 class.

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