While the Sandcrabs didn’t do well as a team, Seabreeze weightlifter Justin Browder won the 119-pound weightlifting division against Flagler Palm Coast, New Smyrna and Spruce Creek Thursday, Feb. 19, at FPC.
“During my last lift, my buddy Cameron [Mitchener] was yelling ‘Come on, Justin,’ which gave me an adrenaline kick that helped me get the 195-pound clean and jerk,” Browder said. “When I saw the three white lights I yelled ‘Yeah!’ and fist bumped Cameron and the rest of my team.”
Browder, a senior, made it as far as the sub-sectionals in his sophomore year, and he sat out all his junior season with an injury. After a full recovery, Browder says that he’s used his time wisely and has trained well for this year to make it to the state finals.
“It's my main focus,” he said. “I've put too much time and effort just for that result.”
The Sandcrabs will next compete against New Smyrna Beach and Taylor Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Seabreeze.