The Lady Raiders placed first among the 11 teams participating in the Raider Invitational Dec. 7, winning seven of 10 weight divisions. They also earned three second-place finishes as the Raiders scored 93 points. Pine Forest was the closest competitor with 27 points.
The meet was the largest one the Raiders will compete in until the Regional Tournament in January. It was the only chance for the lifters to compete against lifters they will be facing in the regional meet. The meet gave the lifters a benchmark that they will be able to use in their training heading toward the regionals.
At the beginning of the year, Payton Watson wrote her goals for the year on her mirror. She sees those goals every day and is working hard to achieve them. In her freshman year Watson’s goal was to make state, which she did. Her sophomore goal was to medal and she placed sixth, earning her first medal. In her junior year, she wanted to make the top three and she overachieved by winning her weight division in the state championships. Now in her senior year, she no doubt has set a lofty goal for herself.
Watson, had her best meet so far this year, winning the 101-pound division with a bench press of 145 pounds and a clean-and-jerk of 130, for a combined lift of 275 pounds. Amiyah Carnell placed third with a total lift of 230 pounds.
Rabiya Emruli placed seventh at the state meet last year and is looking to medal this year. She won the 110-pound division with a 130-pound bench press and 145-pound clean-and-jerk giving her a 275-pound total. Kati Wells placed second with a 255-pound combined lift.
Current state champion in the 119-pound division, Savannah Diel had a 170-pound bench press and a clean-and-jerk of 175 pounds for a 345-pound total.
“I have been working hard on the bench press this week,” Diel said. “Today, it all came together.”
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