Back in February Arnold High School made history, as they hosted the first ever state championship series in Panama City Beach with the Girls Weightlifting State Finals.
Now it’s the boys’ turn. The school is preparing to host their state finals this Friday and Saturday.
Nearly 5000 people are expected to come to the beach this weekend for the meet.
Now having held the girls portion, the school knows better what to expect this time around. They say even more are stepping up from the community to provide support.
And for the Marlin lifters, getting to compete here at home in front of family means a lot.
“Probably the biggest thing we learned was how much pride the students here at Arnold have in hosting the State Championship,” Coach Josh Flaig says, “Even the ones that aren’t part of the team are excited to have the Championship on their home court. For our lifters, they’ve been super motivated the last few weeks because they know everyone is coming to see them, so it’s really a big inspiration in the weightroom and around the school.”
“It feels amazing,” Senior Dylan Gandy says, “Especially me having a pretty decent chance at placing. To be able to do it in front of my friends and family feels awesome.”
“It’s a big stage. Everyone gets to watch, everyone gets to see it, and everyone sees the results. So it’s a big time thing,” Jarrett Dutton says.
The 1A lifers, which includes all of the local participants, will compete on Friday. The 2A lifters will compete on Saturday.