KISSIMMEE -- The Navarre High School girls' weightlifting team won its first-ever state championship Saturday, edging defending champion Spruce Creek by one point, 24-23.
Amanda Friar won Navarre's only individual championship, bench-pressing 160 pounds and clearing 145 pounds in the clean-and-jerk for a combined total of 305, which was 20 pounds better than second-place finisher Alex Hamilton from Clay High School in Green Cove Springs. Friar weighed in with a body weight of 108.2 pounds Saturday morning.
Five other Lady Raiders finished among the top six in their division to score team points for Navarre.
Skye Barberi (119-pound weight division) finished second with a bench press of 170 pounds and a clean-and-jerk of 150 pounds for a combined total of 320 pounds.
Praise Pettus (139) was second with 180-175 355. Other point-scorers included:
Alyssa Jones (110), fourth, 120-155 275
Kylie Shelley (119), fourth, 150-145 295
Chelsea King (154), sixth, 160-160 320
The Lady Raiders, who had finished second at the state meet four of the past five seasons.
For more about the team's historic win, see the Feb. 14 edition of Navarre Press.