LIVE OAK — There’s a new district for the Suwannee High girls weightlifting team, but the same lofty goals.

When SHS hosts the District 4-1A meet Friday, beginning at 4 p.m., the Bulldogs expect to continue a season that has included an unbeaten mark in regular meets.

“My hope, I think everybody can advance to regionals,” SHS coach Brittney Shearer said, although she noted the Bulldogs are in a new district this year. “There’s a lot of unknown just because we’re not used to lifting against some of these teams.”

In addition to their undefeated record in regular meets, Suwannee posted Top 10 finishes in a pair of invitational tournaments, including sixth out of 25 teams in its own Power of Christmas Invitational. SHS also placed six

“We did better than I thought,” Shearer added as her goal was a Top 10 finish. “They kind of surprised me.”

That success coupled with a district, while new, that features smaller schools that includes Fort White, Chiefland, Bronson and Branford has Shearer hopeful for another successful meet.

As does a roster that includes four state lifters from a year ago in Aislinn Henry, Tyra Kalandyk, Matti Marsee and Teresa Williams as well as a host of newcomers.

In addition to hosting the district meet Friday, Suwannee also will host the regional lift Jan. 31 before the state meet is at Arnold High School on Feb. 14-15.

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

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