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4 county girls bring home state medals

KISSIMMEE — Hudson High junior Renee LeDoux was in tears after she took a fourth-place medal in the 154-pound weight class at the Girls Weightlifting State Meet at the Kissimmee Civic Center on Saturday.

Three other Pasco County high school girls also earned medals.

River Ridge’s Kiara Wood took second place, Pasco High’s Eunique Byrd earned third place and Sunlake High’s Catalina Valdez took sixth at the meet.

LeDoux had a 325-pound total, but several competitors scratched in the clean and jerk.

“I don’t cry,” LeDoux said. “I took fifth my freshman year. I was in the same exact position as my idol, (2013 Hudson grad and lifter) Baily Foster. I got exactly what she did (that) year. I’m really proud of myself. The girl I beat for fourth, I only beat by seven ounces.”

Wood, a junior, was second in the 119-pound class with a personal-best 315 total, while Byrd took third in the Unlimited Class with 425 total.

“I’m very proud of myself,” Byrd said. “To go from 10th last year to third this year is a really big jump.”

Valdez took sixth in the 183-pound class with 345 total.

“We had a plan to do what I normally do and I did,’’ said Valdez. “I’m happy about the medal.”

River Ridge’s Calistta Durett was tied for sixth (270 total) in the 110-pound class but missed out on a medal because the other girl weighed less. River Ridge senior Jessica Dunphy had a 285-pound total in the 129-pound class, Zephyrhills’ Damari Sanchez had 305 pounds in the 169-pound class. Mitchell’s Kassidy Neptune was 10th in the 199-pound class with a 305-pound total.

Sunlake’s Brianna Anderson had a 280 total in the 199-pound class and teammate Cari Gonzales had a 280 total in the 169-pound class.

River Ridge’s Kenzie Goluba had a 270-pound total in the 199-pound class and Hudson’s Kennedy Crowder had a 260-pound total in the 139-pound class. Sunlake’s Jill Scalise had 240 pound total in the 110-pound class and River Ridge’s Amanda Bianchi had a 245-pound total.

Ridgewood’s 4-foot-9 Michele “The Hulk” Gorski and Hudson’s Michaela Colson both had 215-pound totals in the 101-pound class.

Gorski, a senior, said she was grateful to get to state, especially considering she had just one shot.

“I’m happy with what I did,’’ Gorski said. “It was my one and only trip to state.”

Correspondent Larry Bugg can be reached at [email protected]

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