Navarre weightlifting team pounds Gulf Breeze

The Navarre Raiders won every first place and all but one second place with a match against Gulf Breeze held at home on Dec. 16.

The final score was Navarre 78, Gulf Breeze 11.

“We have a lot to work on in the next three weeks before the district meet,” Coach Garrett Bagley said. “We have been working out twice a day and we will change things up over the holiday break. We plan to have one really hard workout each day. That will allow everyone to recover faster.”

“The experienced lifters are working with some of the younger teammates,” Olivia Brahms said. “From this point on we have to work on our maximum lifts and at the same time, watch our diets and avoid injuries.”

“Things just get tougher from this point forward,” Hanna Venetti said. “Only three girls in each weight class move on from the districts to the state qualifying meet. Only three girls in each weight class move on from the state qualifying meet to the state championships.”

“The officiating becomes much stricter,” Brahms said. ”We will all have to focus and adjust.”

Navarre 78, Gulf Breeze 11

In the 101-pound weight division, Payton Watson was nursing an injury and Amiyah Carnal filled in, winning the division with a 105-pound bench press with a 110-pound clean-and-jerk, giving her a 215-pound combined lift and first place. Teammate Savannah Bitler placed second with a 210-pound combined lift.

Rabiya Emruli had a 115-pound bench press and 120-pound clean-and-jerk, giving her a 235-pound combined lift and first place in the 110-pound weight division. Charity Fulfer placed second with a 205-pound combined lift.

Miya Taylor won the 119-pound weight division with a 120-pound bench press and a 125-pound clean-and-jerk, giving her a 245-pound combined weight.  ‘Cat’ Henry placed second with a 235-pound total.

Read the full story in the Dec. 24 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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