Raiders win own invite but have bigger goals in mind

As much as the Navarre Invitational was about winning a team trophy, something the Raiders accomplished with ease Tuesday afternoon, this mid-January meet was more about getting back into a groove ahead of the postseason.

Competing for the first time since early December, Navarre’s girls weightlifting team embraced the opportunity to compete again.

“We had a bit of a setback with the break,” senior standout Katie Johnson said. “We ate a lot and slacked off. This was a chance to get back at it and hit it hard.”

There was no denying the Raiders accomplished their goal, punctuating the end of their regular season with a victory.  They scored 94 points.

Seven champions helped pave the way, among them Johnson, who won the 119-pound division despite admittedly not being at her best. 

Johnson, who had a combined lift of 300 pounds, missed on one of her attempts on the bench but pointed out she may have done better had she worn a belt for back support.

“I had some back pain. That comes with being a weightlifter,” Johnson said. “But I got two of my benches in and felt good about my cleans (clean and jerk).

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