Raiders open weightlifting season with win

The defending state champions looked the part in their first meet of the season in a resounding 77 – 9 victory over Fort Walton Beach at home on Nov. 12. The Raiders won every first place and all but one second place within each weight division.

Peyton Watson, a returning state medalist from last season took first-place honors in the 101-pound weight division. Her 135-pound bench press was better than her personal best from last season. She added a 110 clean-and-jerk for a 245-pound combined lift. Amiyah Carnall placed second with a 215-pound total.

Cat Henry and Rabiya Emruli tied in the 110-pound weight division. Each had a 115-pound bench press and a 120-pound clean-and-jerk, for a combined lift of 235 pounds. When two competitors tie, the lighter lifter, in this case Emruli, was declared the winner and Henry placed second.

In the 119-pound weight division, Miya Taylor and Rachel Privette each bench pressed 110 pounds. However, Taylor out lifted Privette in the clean-and-jerk, 125 to 110 pounds, for a combined total of 235 pounds. Privette finished second with a combined lift of 220 pounds.

Read the full story in the Nov. 19 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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