The defending champion Raiders wanted nothing less than another team victory as they travelled to Kissimmee on Feb. 6 to compete in the Girls’ Weightlifting tournament. If they could pull off a win, it would be their third state championship in the last four years. During the years they did not win the team trophy; they placed second.
The first obstacle on the day was the 8 a.m. weigh-in. However, it turned out to be a non-issue as the entire team qualified within their weight divisions.
The five lowest weight divisions lifted in the morning session and the heavier divisions lifted in the afternoon. First place in each weight division was awarded 7 team points, second, 5, third 4, fourth 3, fifth 2 and sixth 1.
After the first half, Navarre was in second place with 14 points. Their old rival, Spruce Creek led the scoring with 17 points. However, when the second half began, the lead did not last long. While Spruce Creek’s total remained the same, the Raiders piled on points. Navarre’s 37 point team total gave the Raiders another state championship. Charlotte placed second with 20 and Spruce Creek was third with 17.
Payton Watson was Navarre’s best hope in the 101-pound weight division. It was the junior’s third year at the state meet and each year she has improved. After her freshman season she set a goal to be in the top six for her sophomore year and qualify for a medal. Watson placed sixth last year and this year she was shooting for a spot within the first three. Watson exceeded her goal this season, winning the 101-pound weight division. Watson’s first bench press was 130 pounds, which was the best lift of the day.
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