With just about a month to go before district competition, Marathon traveled to Coral Shores for a boys weightlifting meet to see how both teams have improved since their last meetup one week earlier. In Olympic lifts, the Fins won by a single point, edging out the ’Canes 34-33. In traditional, Marathon pulled away with a 38-29 win. The low scores were due to neither team fielding a 129-lb. or unlimited competitor for either event.

At 119 pounds, Marathon’s Chase Leird won both events. Jordan Henderson and Matthias Martinez-Velez split the wins at 139, with Henderson winning Olympic and Martinez-Velez taking first in the traditional event. Marathon’s Damian Staciewicz (154) won both events as did fellow Dolphins Max Childress (183), Tanner Ross (199) and Braulio Garcia (238). Coral Shores had double wins from Keryn Barrios (169) and AJ Johnson. Using the Sinclair algorithm to rank the athletes by their performances in each event and factoring in their body weight, Johnson was the top lifter in the Olympic event while Ross was number one in traditional. Johnson, Ross and Childress were all ranked in the top three of both styles of lifting, giving them a good idea of where they stand as the district meets, which begin March 29, inch closer.

Tracy McDonald
Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.