Marathon’s Justice Lee Isom, a state qualifier last season, was the top lifter on Nov. 16. TRACY MCDONALD/Keys Weekly

On Nov. 16, Marathon traveled to Key West for a girls weightlifting meet just prior to the holiday break. The scoring was close, but Marathon was able to edge Key West in both events, winning 44-40 in Olympic lifting and 45-35 in traditional. 

The top lifter of the afternoon was Justice Lee Isom, who put up some impressive early-season numbers. Isom lifted 125 pounds in the snatch competition, 150 pounds in clean and jerk and 150 pounds in the bench press. All three lifts were the top score in each category.

Isom won both the traditional and Olympic lifting events in her weight classification, as did most of the winners on Nov. 16. Double winners for Marathon included Ayme Maradiaga, Alexia Stip, Ella Evans and Sabrina Schofield, while Ashley Rasmussen won the traditional category in her classification. Key West had four winners, including Shylo Sanchez, Dazmine Jenkins, Kaylee Matas and Claire Boysen. Jenkins’ lifts placed her in second place overall using the Sinclair Coefficient system, which formulates how athletes perform based on their lifts and weight. Key West’s Alexa Condella, who shares Jenkins’ weight class, was close behind. 

Both teams headed to Coral Shores for the next meet on Nov. 29 with two of Marathon’s four state qualifiers from last season set to return to the weight room. Ella Dunn and Mikkel Ross just completed their final cross country race last week after a state-qualifying season. Results of the Nov. 29 meet were not available at press time.

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.