DAYTONA BEACH — Junior Justin Janney surprised even his coach.
Janney bested his season total by 15 pounds, lifting 620 to finish fourth in the 219-pound class at the Class A state weightlifting championships Friday, propelling second-year program Wiregrass Ranch to a four-way tie for 23rd with three points.
"It feels great," Wiregrass Ranch coach Chris Bounnell said. "We were just hoping he might come down here and were shooting for a sixth-place finish. To finish fourth is incredible. We weren't real successful as a program all year, but it's amazing what one kid can do for you at state."
Baker County won the championship with 31 points, followed by Arnold (19), Harmony (15), Altha (12) and Mulberry (12). Locally, Hudson finished in a seven-way tie for 17th with four points. Hernando was among the four teams tied with Wiregrass Ranch for 23rd. Gulf was locked in a seven-way deadlock for 27th with two. Pasco didn't score.
Janney was successful on all six of his lifts. He had successful benches of 320, 330 and 340 as well as successful clean and jerks of 265, 275 and 280 for a 620 total.
"He was sweating the whole time," Bounnell said. "We knew what he could do with the first two lifts and we let him get some confidence. He was able to get that third lift and pass some guys."
Other local lifters scoring points were Gulf's Jordan Holding (430) with a fifth-place finish in the 129 class; Hernando's Bradley Hill (570), fourth at 169; and Hudson's Travis Tindell (715), third in the heavyweight division.