Four Nassau lifters earn state medals
Four Nassau County weightlifters earned state medals Saturday.
Armani Scott from Hilliard Middle-Senior High School, Kody Courson and Chance Terrell from West Nassau High School and Kristopher Maxie of Yulee High School medaled in the state meet.
Terrell, a junior, earned second place in the 169-pound weight class with a 580-pound total. Baker County’s Clayton Canaday edged him out for first place by a 5-pound difference.
Scott earned fourth place in the 199-pound weight class with a 600-pound total. It was the senior’s second time competing in the state competition, having placed 17th in 2016 with a 550-pound total.
Seth Brandshaw of Pedro Menendez placed first with a 645-pound total while Trinity Christian’s Stephan Hardy and Madison’s Laertes Bell each lifted 615-pound totals. Hardy’s personal body weight of 198.6 placed him in second while Bell’s 198.9 gave him third.
Hornet senior Maxie missed second place by one-tenth of a pound of personal weight in the 154-pound weight class. He weighed in at 152 while Arnold’s Jacob Abbott weighed in at 151.9. Both boys lifted 540-pound totals, but Abbott’s personal weight led him to second place while Maxie earned third. Baker County’s Dalton Simon won the weight class with a 570-pound total lift.
Maxie also competed at state in 2016, earning eighth place with a 545-pound total.
Warrior senior Courson placed sixth in the 119-pound weight class with a combined lift total of 355 pounds. Labelle’s Santiago Morales placed first with a 430-pound finish. Courson finished eighth in the weight class in 2016 with a 330-pound total.
Yulee’s Dreyton Stevens finished ninth in the 139-pound weight class with a 425-pound total. He tied for eighth place but Clay’s Gabe Nealy weighed less than him. Wewahitchka’s Michael Hensley placed first with a 490-pound total.
Stevens finished 15th in the state in 2016 with a 410-pound total.
Hilliard’s Matt Holland placed 13th in the unlimited weight class with a 640-pound total. He actually tied for 10th place with three other lifters. They were then ranked by personal weight. Interlachen’s Joel Makatura earned first place with a 740-pound total.
Hornet Steve Mogavero entered the state competition ranked 18th in the 219-pound weight class, but finished 13th with a 580-pound total. He was tied with 12th place Justin Pippin from Bay, but Pippin weighed in at a lower personal weight. Madison’s Diante Hartsfield placed first with a 690-pound total.
Fellow Hornet Christopher Winkle finished 15th in the 129-pound class with a 355-pound total. Cedar Creek’s D’Marques Johnson placed first with a 465-pound total.