State officials pleased with Arnold's performance at state meet

Arnold state weightlifting

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - It seems Arnold High School's getting some praise after hosting its first state weightlifting championship.

Many area lifters competed Friday in the 1A state meet at Arnold.

One of Altha's lifters, Josie Hall, despite still nursing a torn ACL, winning a championship in the 154 pound weight class with a total of 320!

Then on Saturday, the 2A meet seemed to go off without a hitch.

A few hundred lifters being able to compete in an energized environment, and our area teams being able to get a taste of state competition without having to travel great distances.

So high grades seem well earned, but don't take my word for it, here's what the Executive Director of the FHSAA told me Saturday afternoon.

"Well certainly we're very pleased with the Arnold staff," George Tomyn, FHSAA Executive Director said. "And they've done a great job coordinating this event. I was just talking with Rick Green the (Arnold) Athletic Director a few minutes ago, and we have over 30 adults from the community that are working the event and over 45 students that are actually working the event. We have no wants. They have provided a great venue for us. The student athletes are having a great time, our spectators are enjoying the event, and we're thrilled to be here."

And Saturday we saw two lifters, Summer Rivera of Spruce Creek, and Alexis Oravets of New Smyrna Beach set new state bench records for the 110 pound class, both lifting 165 pounds within a couple of minutes each other. Rivera won the title, Oravets was third.

Arnold will do it all again come April when it hosts the boys state championships.