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CITRUS COUNTY ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP

WHEN: Weigh-in, 4 p.m. Meet starts at 4:30.

WHERE: Citrus High School.

ATHLETES TO WATCH: 101 _ Jennifer Corriveau, Lecanto; Brook Munday, Citrus; Lindsay Guastella, Crystal River. 110 _ Kelly Butler, Lecanto; Kate Erickson, Citrus. 119 _ Jazmin Cepeda, Citrus; Jennifer MacCrae, Crystal River. 129 _ Katie Bombley, Citrus; Rachael Reed, Crystal River; Jacquelyn Seffern, Crystal River. 139 _ Shaquilla Grice, Citrus; Morgan Cook, Citrus; Courntey Chandler, Crystal River. 154 _ Ashley Bullion, Crystal River; Kay Loscaile, Citrus; Kim Hargis, Lecanto. 169 _ Sara Dampman, Crystal River; Rachel Frazier, Lecanto; 183 _ Quincey Wilson, Crystal River; Shanentha Gates, Lecanto. 199 _ Kari Stanford, Crystal River. Heavyweight _ Breanna Driver, Crystal River.

THE SKINNY: Though this isn't the first county meet, it is the first Citrus County Activities Association event _ a county organization created after Citrus, Lecanto and Crystal River pulled out of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference this fall. Crystal River is considered the strongest team in the upper weight classes and has depth. Lecanto and Citrus have standout competitors in the lower divisions. The Panthers have a young squad with 11 freshmen out of 24 lifters. Citrus has had a low turnout, which coach Doug Patton attributes to the new mandatory Florida High School Athletic Association singlet and clean-and-jerk rules.

The top four competitors in each weight class will record points: 5-3-2-1. "It's going to take everybody to score for us to win," Crystal River coach Charles Brooks said. "Rachael Reed is a real iron head, Sara Dampman is consistent and Ashley (Bullion) she is a wildman. She's intense and serious about everything she's doing this year and taking weightlifting very serious. She hates to lose."

Patton said to watch out for Erickson. "She's really picked up the technique (of clean-and-jerking) and has been under the radar. She is going to surprise some people."

Lecanto coach Bob LeCours knows that to win the lifters must have the right mindset. "I think we may give some up in the upper weight classes, but we are going to hold our own in the lower," he said. "Any time you play against Crystal River and Citrus, it's good competition, but the Lecanto girls have the attitude that they want to win it."

_ DAWN REISS, Times staff writer

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