Raiders finish seventh at state weightlifting meet

Navarre’s streak of consecutive state championships ended Friday in Panama City Beach with a seventh-place finish at the state meet.

The Raider girls weightlifting team came into the meet looking for its fifth consecutive title and sixth in seven years.

“We knew it was going to a difficult task to hold on to the team championship this year,” Navarre head coach Garrett Bagley said. “We have had a huge target on our backs over the last few years. Today those other schools caught up to us.”

As if to make his point, a new meet record was set in nearly each of the 20 weight divisions.

In past years, the winning team total has been about 24 points. However, at this year’s state meet, the Raiders managed to score only 11 points and placed seventh overall.

The meet, held at Arnold High School, started with the five heaviest weight divisions performing in the first half of the day.

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