On Jan. 10, the Coral Shores Lady ’Canes made the trip to Marathon for both teams’ final regular-season meet. The Dolphins bested the ’Canes in both events, 57-31 in traditional lifting and 56-32 in Olympic.

Coral Shores had three double winners, lifting the most in both events. Rachel Rusch won the 110 lb. class, Grace Patterson was a dual winner at 169 and Vanessa Gabriel won both events in the unlimited category. At 183 lbs., Karla Guitierrez picked up a win in the traditional event.

Marathon posted double wins in the 101 lb. class with Ella Dunn, 119 with Sierra Earnhardt, 129 with Mikkel Ross, 139 with Cami Wrinn, 154 with Marquisha Abraham and 199 with Sabrina Schofield. Justice Lee won the Olympic lift event in the 183 lb. class. Ross was back on top, yielding the highest Sinclair score in both events. The Sinclair score uses a mathematical equation to determine who, pound for pound, was the highest performer.

The next time the teams meet, it will be at districts held on Jan. 27 at Doctors Charter School at 10 a.m. Key West will travel to Lake Worth’s Dr. Joaquin Garcia High School on Jan 25 for their first round of postseason lifts. With the numbers Keys’ lifters have been putting up this season, there is no doubt many athletes will move on to regionals on Feb. 3. The state meet will be held in Lakeland Feb. 16-17.

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.