Football coach John Cooper, at upper left, stands with members of the boys weightlifting program. [ FCHS Athletic Department ]

FCHS weightlifting program taking shape

Sophomore Kaiden Lewis has twice paced the Franklin County boys weightlifting program this month, taking victories in the 139-pound weight class at a pair of meets at Wakulla High School.

Coach John Cooper, who has intertwined the weightlifting program with football offseason workouts, took 11 lifters to the Feb. 2 meet, where the Seahawks competed against Wakulla and Leon.

Sophomore Sheldon James joined Lewis in the winner’s circle, taking top honors in the 238-pound weight class.

Cooper said the weightlifting program now had a little over 30 athletes, with 20 allowed to compete for points at each weightlifting event. “Due to there being 10 weight classes, two lifters can compete for each weight class,” he said. 

At the Feb. 16 dual meet at Wakulla, Lewis again took home top prize in the 139-pound class. Joining him as a champion was sophomore Michael Hill, in the 219-pound weight class, and junior Garyson Millender in the 154-pound weight class.

Taking part in boys weightlifting also include eighth graders Lucas Field and Jeromiah Russ; freshmen Raymond West, Angel Cruz, Bennett McNair, Brayden Brown, Owen Juno, Gavin Page and Eric Smith; sophomores Christopher Russell and Clayton Martina; and juniors Amontaye Austin and Corbin Pritchard.

Workouts are currently Monday through Thursday from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

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