VERNON, FL A weightlifting meet at Vernon is gaining popularity, and Thursday's version of the event won't hurt that any.
For a second year the Yellow Jackets hosted an event they call Girls Vs. Gravity invitational weightlifting meet.
Vernon coach Lee Richards starting this event as a way to let these athletes get in some good competition and experience before competing in district, regionals and state come January.
Fourteen teams gathered in Vernon's gym last year for this event, and in just one year, Richards says it's grown significantly.
"I had a lot of coaches call me before the season started to, they wanted to get in on it. So now it's grown significantly. We've got 191 girls register this year for this competition. It's one of the biggest competitions we have in this area that I know of."
Morgan Hammack is a Vernon Sophomore and she said this about Thursday's meet. "It just helps knowing like, this is a lot of teams, so you kind of already know who you are going to go against."
Arnold sophomore Katie Moeschl, agrees. "It really does get you prepared for regionals, and state and everything because pretty much how this is set up, this is exactly how state was. So it just really helps you prepare for that."
Arnold won the team standings, followed by Altha, Mosley, Bozeman and Port St. Joe. Michaela Purple of Bozeman won the award for "Best Pound for Pound" lifter.