Blaise Bresnahan, Staff Writer – Lecanto High School [LHS]’s boys’ and girls’ weightlifting teams are now both in season. The girls’ weightlifting team started their season a few weeks before Christmas break, and the boys’ team started their first formal meet last week. Multiple members of the girls’ team are expected to be in the top twelve weightlifters in the entire state.
Sophomore Grace Taylor, member of the LHS girls’ weightlifting team, hopes to make some noticeable personal improvements this weightlifting season. Specifically, she wants to succeed in the new county and district meets, as well as contribute to the shared overall victory of the team.
“My main focus for the county and district meets this year are to just do my best, set a new personal record for myself, and hopefully put my team in a position to win,” said Taylor.
As for the boys’ varsity team, LHS coach Greg Harper looks forward to a successful year as he sees potential in their abilities.
“When we scheduled these meets, I wanted some tough competition for us so that we really push ourselves to the max in the weight room. We have some guys that can make a run at States this year and possibly even contend for the championship. I constantly remind them of their goals to make sure they remember exactly what they’re chasing,” said Harper.
Senior Hunter Pitts felt that he enjoyed participating in county-wide weightlifting meets as it’s competitive atmosphere encourages him to outperform his opponents.
“A lot of us workout together away from school so when we compete against each other at the meets, we want to do our best. It really brings out another level of competition,” said Pitts.
For the past two years, the LHS weightlifting teams have won their region in Class 2A. This year, they have even bigger goals, due to the overall strength of their members.
“The past couple years that I have been here, we have not only had good individual lifters, but some very solid teams as well. I think that everybody who is involved recognizes that we have a good team,” said senior Orion Ziegler.
Good luck to both LHS teams!