Chiefland lifters second behind Dixie

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By Claude Lewis

CROSS CITY –Chiefland High's strongmen traveled to Dixie County High on March 27 with hopes of repeating as Tri-County Football Weightlifting Conference champions.

The Indians grunted and groaned with the best of them, but this year they fell a little short, as they finished runnerup to host Dixie.

There were six schools represented in the meet.

Competition includes best lifts in the bench press and clean in 10 different weight divisions.

Chiefland coach Ajay Ulmer said that having two lifters miss their targeted weight at 119 during weigh-ins was the difference.

"?They usually finish first and second,"Ulmer said. "We only finished five points behind Dixie."

Chiefland only had one lifter take a gold medal, as Jacob Merritt won at 129 pounds. He had a bench press of 235 pounds and a clean of 180 for a total 415. That was a whopping 80 pounds more than the second-place lifter.

Stephen Davis, Casey Brown and Nick Mercer had second place finishes for Chiefland.

Davis had a 255-235?490 at 169 pounds.

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