Suwannee High won the district meet and advanced its entire team to the regional tournament.

LIVE OAK — A new-look district produced the same result for Suwannee High School.

The Bulldogs won their second straight girls weightlifting district title Friday at SHS when they repeated as District 4-1A champions, breaking 15 school records in the process as they totaled 98 points. Branford finished third in the district meet.

Suwannee advanced its entire team to Saturday’s regional tournament, which will also be held at SHS, starting at 11 a.m.

Seven Bulldogs won individual district titles while three finished as district runners-up with six SHS lifters placing third with three more finishing fourth and one finishing sixth.


Suwannee’s Aislinn Henry is congratulated after winning the 101-pound class at the district meet.

District champions for Suwannee included Aislinn Henry (101 pounds), who totaled 250 pounds (115 in the bench, 135 in the clean and jerk); Matti Marsee (110), who totaled 280 pounds (140, bench; 140, clean and jerk); Sophia Baldwin (119), who lifted a total of 260 pounds (115, bench; 145, clean and jerk); Tyra Kalandyk (130), who lifted 320 total pounds (160, bench; 160, clean and jerk); Carson Frier (154), who totaled 295 pounds (130, bench; 165, clean and jerk); McKay Graham (160), who totaled 280 pounds (135, bench; 145, clean and jerk); and Shelby Blackmon (183), who lifted 305 pounds total (140, bench; 165, clean and jerk).

“It was probably our best performance since I’ve been coaching,” Suwannee coach Brittney Shearer said. “We just had girls hitting PRs, and I never expected them to perform as well as they did this week.”

Macy Bowers (101), Amaya Johnson (129) and Samantha Barber (unlimited) placed second for Suwannee, while Haleigh Miller (129), Reina Harry (139), Emma Brown (154), Lilly Lamb (169), Maddie Carte (183) and Gracie Williams (199) finished third.

The Bulldogs’ Ali McMillan (119), Sabrina Mesa (110) and Jaylyn Gardner (199) all finished fourth and Autumn Latreille qualified for regionals by placing sixth in the unlimited class.


Branford’s Madison Ward finished third at 101 pounds, setting two new personal records, during the district tournament.

Ten Buccaneers advanced to the regional meet after finishing in the top six in their weight class, led by Evie Pitts, who finished second at 139. Placing third for Branford were Madison Ward (101) and Nathalia Veal (110). Haleigh-Ray Harris (129) and Emma Clary (163) finished fourth for BHS, while Morgan Brennan (119), Em Varga (129) and Aubrey Wood (199) placed fifth. Also qualifying were Hannah Howard at 154 pounds and Dominique Golding at 163.

Ward set new personal bests in both the bench (90 pounds) and the clean and jerk (105 pounds), as did Clary (105 pounds, bench; 100 pounds, clean and jerk). Wood (115 pounds), Maya Smith (100 pounds) and Veal (105 pounds) set personal records in the bench press, while Delaney Fennell (80 pounds), Emma Soride (85 pounds), Brennan (115 pounds) and Pitts (150 pounds) set PRs in the clean and jerk.

“The girls left it all on the platform,” Branford coach Misty Ward said after the impressive showing by the Bucs, who went 10-1 in the regular season in just the second season for the program. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.

“We’re looking forward to the regional meet. There will be a lot of tough competition.”

Jamie Wachter is the editor of the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press.

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