The Leesburg girls weightlifting team placed third in a big invitational meet on Saturday in Vero Beach.
Vero Beach, the state runner-up in Class 2A last year, won the meet with 71 points followed by St. Cloud with 57 and Leesburg with 48.
Leesburg got first-place finishes from Taylor Woods (154-pound weight class), Yasmine Heflin (199 pounds) and Zamooney Lamar (unlimited).
Woods broke the school record in her weight class with a 200-pound clean and jerk while Heflin set three school records in her weight class with a 200-pound bench press, a 205-pound clean and jerk and a 405-pound total.
Leesburg’s Crystal Howison, who placed second in the 110-pound weight class, tied the school record in the bench press and broke the school record with a 135-pound clean and jerk.
Leesburg also got second-place finishes from Hailey Zakos (154 pounds), Hannah Harris (199) and Georgina Schork (unlimited). Tajimah Neukirk placed third (183), Samantha Futch was fifth (169) and Deilyanne Cruz was sixth (101) to round out the Yellow Jackets’ scoring.
“All in all, I am very proud of our girls weightlifting team,” Leesburg coach Joshua Boyer said. “Our little 1A powerhouse team came into a meet with a bunch of big schools and absolutely wowed the spectators and other lifters. Our girls were simply amazing today. We are built for scoring big points in postseason setting, and we walk away today feeling pretty good about how we will stack up in 1A postseason.”