NCT rolls up seven champs,
claims five runners-up to
remain unbeaten at 6-0
By TONY CASTRO
BROOKSVILLE – The beat goes on for the two-time Class 1A state runner-up Nature Coast Technical girls’ weightlifting program.
Despite the loss of a boatload of talented lifters over the past two seasons, the Lady Sharks devoured Wednesday’s quad meet at Hernando High’s Fitness Center improving to 6-0.
NCT, behind a meet-high seven first-place finishers and five runners-up, secured 74 points followed by host Hernando (43), Weeki Wachee (30) and Central (7).
“I was pleasantly surprised just based on what I was watching,” explained NCT’s assistant coach Nikki Pierce on behalf of Head Coach Rudy Story, who had difficulty speaking due to swollen glands. “We had nine girls (NCT arrived with a meet-best 20) record PR’s (personal records). That means the workouts are working.”
Though Hernando High walked away with only two first-place efforts, first-year Head Coach Mark Griffith savored his team’s progression.
“Our two best girls (Emily Buck, Janea Mobley) both won. They both did what they’re supposed to do,” offered Griffith, who also doubles as HHS’ boys weightlifting skipper. “We came in with 20 girls. All we were trying to do have each girl go 6-for-6 and walk out with PRs.
“The highlights are seeing the improvement in the totals from the first meet. Nearly every girl we had here did better this week.”
On NCT’s victory, “We just saw them a couple weeks ago,” replied Griffith. “We expected them to be tough. They’re a very deep team. Their team’s strength is their depth.”
NCT: Seven champions
Nature Coast Technical’s seven first-place efforts were turned in by seniors Allie Anthony at 101 pounds and Kayla Rivera at 110, juniors Abigail Fontano at 129, Courtney Traudt at 183 and Jouie Miller at unlimited along with sophomores Tara Gray at 119 and Isabella Traudt at 183.
For Anthony, Rivera, Fontano and Miller each improved to a county-best 3-0 on the season.
Fontano claimed her third win by besting her closest rival, teammate Mikayla Mitchell, by 25 pounds, 220-195.
“The win was great,” offered the 16-year-old Fontano. “especially considering I only lifted 95 pounds in my cleans last year. I finally got my bench going up. Today I maxed out on both my bench and clean & jerk.”
Rewinding her day, “I came in just wanting to see how I felt after a couple lifts,” explained Fontano. “After that, I went all out. For my next meet, I’ve gotta continue working on my bench.”
On the difference a year has made, “I’m more comfortable and confident this year,” pointed out Fontano. “I owe Coach Story a lot. He’s the one who has been pushing me to get better.”
Courtney Traudt, one of six NCT state qualifiers in 2017 at Belleview High, climbed to 2-1 overall by whipping her closest rival, Weeki Wachee’s Keyanna Harris, 295-220.
“I was a little nervous. I didn’t feel good, but I ended up getting a PR,” revealed Traudt, 17. “I added five pounds on my cleans. My overall results were better than I thought I’d get.”
On the win, “I’m proud that so many of us PR’ed today. Our goal is to get better every day.”
Isabella, or Izzy, Traudt earned her second win of the season on a tiebreaker over teammate Alaysha Diaz. Both lifters hoisted identical 115-125—240-pound totals, but Traudt weighed in less to earn first place.
In all, NCT finished an impressive 1-2 in four weight divisions.
“I won even though I missed my opening clean & jerk,” smiled the 16-year-old Traudt. “I got a PR on my bench, which helped. I’m fortunate to have awesome teammates and coaches who support me. I couldn’t have done this without my team and my coaches. God Bless ’em.”
Leopards: Two champs
Senior Janea Mobley, a two-time state qualifier, climbed to 2-0 by topping runner-up Isabella Enriquez of Weeki Wachee, 275-200.
Similar to Mobley, Buck remained unbeaten besting her closest rival, teammate Olivia Theodore, 250-230, for her second win of the young season.
“My second win tastes great,” beamed 17-year-old Buck. “I felt like I dominated everyone. I did better today on cleans by 10 pounds. My goal is to reach 145 pounds.
“… My ultimate goal is to go to states. I want it bad,” added Buck.
Unbeaten Hornet: Arey
After the Hornets’ first two meets, senior Morgen Arey at 154 is the team’s lone unbeaten lifter.
Arey, who placed 16th at states in 2017, handed NCT senior Amanda Randazzo her first loss, 300-255.
“It’s a really good to win, but I wanted to hit my goal, 300 pounds,” recalled Arey, 17. “I came in a little nervous, but I reached what I wanted to get. Hopefully, in the next meet I can go 310.”
11-29: Central, Nature Coast Technical, Weeki Wachee at Brooksville-Hernando Quad Meet
1. Nature Coast Technical (NCT) 74, 2. Hernando (HER) 43, 3. Weeki Wachee (WW) 30, Central (CEN) 7 .
Final Individual Results: (Top 5 scores count toward team score. Points based on 6-4-3-2-1 system).
101 – 1. Allie Anthony (NCT) 95-105—200, 2. Haley Shamblin (HER) 85-75—160, 3. Jhayda Blake (HER) 65-65—130, 4. Nicole Petrone (WW) 60-65—125, 5. Isabel Dahmer (NCT) 50-50—150.
110 – 1. Kayla Rivera (NCT) 110-125—235, 2. Kaityn Clemons (WW) 105-100—205, 3. Jada Carrera (NCT) 90-100—190, 4. Lauren Stoker (WW) 75-80—155, 5. Stephanie Rix (HER) 75-75-75—150.
119 – 1. Tara Gray (NCT) 100-120—220, 2. Aryana Millan (NCT) 110-100—210, 3. Megan Smith (HER) 100-105—205, 4. Alexxa Carmack (CEN) 70-65—135, 5. Rachel Sevick (CEN) 60-60—120.
129 – 1. Abigail Fontano (NCT) 100-120—220, 2. Mikayla Mitchell (NCT) 95-100—195, 3. Dani McBee (HER) 90-85—175, 4. Kiley Rock (CEN) 75-100—175, 5. Starla Genberg (HER) 85-90—175.
139 – 1. Emily Buck (HER) 125-125—250, 2. Olivia Theodore (HER) 110-120—230, 3. Madison Mookdasanit (NCT) 100-125—225, 4. Alexandra Florkowski (NCT) 100-95—195, 5. Delaney Brannan (WW) 95-90—185.
154 – 1. Morgen Arey (WW) 155-145—300, 2. Amanda Randazzo (NCT) 140-115—255, 3. Amanda Waddell (NCT) 125-115—240, 4. Arianna Watts (HER) 85-90—175, 5. Tiyonna Perkins (HER) 80-80—160.
169 – 1. Isabella Traudt (NCT) 115-125—240, 2. Alaysha Diaz (NCT) 115-125––240, 3. Hailey Barker (WW) 115-115—230, 4. Kelsey Cheesman (CEN) 90-115—205, 5. Victoria McKenzie (HER) 95-95—190.
183 – 1. Courtney Traudt (NCT) 150-145–295, 2. Keyanna Harris (WW) 110-110—220, 3. Jacoya McKenzie (HER) 110-110—220, 4. Brianna Mobley (HER) 100-110—210, 5. Jessica Peterson (WW) 95-100—195.
199 – 1. Janea Mobley (HER) 135-140–275, 2. Isabella Enriquez (WW) 100-100—200, 3. Olivia Townsend (HER) 105-90—195.
UNL – 1. Jouie Miller (NCT) 205-205–410, 2. Victoria Gardinier (NCT) 185-160–345, 3. Noimea Cofield (WW) 110-100–210.
Records – Nature Coast Technical (6-0), Hernando (2-3), Weeki Wachee (2-3), Central (0-6).