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Girls state weightlifting: River Ridge places two in top five as Spruce Creek wins sixth straight title

NEW PORT RICHEY — Spruce Creek won its sixth straight state title in girls weightlifting at River Ridge High on Saturday evening, capping a day in which 13 state records were posted.

River Ridge had two lifters finish in the top five, as Natalie Marenghi finished fourth in the 110-pound weight class and teammate Brianna Hooker finished in fifth place in the 119-pound weight class.

"It feels good, this is the best I have ever done at states," Marenghi said.

"It was fun. I had a personal best today on the bench (155 pounds), and I had a lot of fun this season in my senior year," Hooker said.

As for state records, Lakitta Johnson of North Marion set three (280 pounds in the bench, 230 clean and jerk for a 510 total) in the unlimited weight class, and so did Spruce Creek's Morgan Candage (215, 210, 425) at 169.

Other North Suncoast notables included Gulf's Jordyn Roberts, who finished in 10th place in the 154-pound weight class.

"I was just really excited that I got to join the 300 club (300 pounds combined bench press and clean and jerk) and I listened to everything my coach told me and I thought I did really well today seeing that it is only my second year of weightlifting," Roberts said.

Ridgewood's Lauren Heymann was tied for 11th place in the 139-pound weight class, and teammate Elizabeth Clum had a good day, finishing 10th in the 169-pound weight class.

Hudson's Kalah St.Pierre, who had hoped to finish in the top five, fell short of her goal and finish in tied for ninth in the 110-pound weight class.

Girls state weightlifting: River Ridge places two in top five as Spruce Creek wins sixth straight title 02/14/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 14, 2009 11:34pm]
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