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Oakleaf’s Tamira Briley Named Miss Weightlifting; Clay’s Rodney Keller Earns Top Coaching Honor

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GAINESVILLE (April 5) – Oakleaf High School (Orange Park) senior Tamira Briley has been selected the 2022 Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Weightlifting.

Briley won her second straight state title in the Class 3A 119-pound division in record-setting fashion. Her 195-pound bench press set a state record, and combined with her 175-pound clean-and-jerk effort, her 370-pound total matched the state record in her weight division.

The other finalists included Class 1A Lifter-of-the-Year Matti Marsee of Suwannee High School (Live Oak), a three-time state champion, and Class 2A Lifter-of-the-Year Emma Heck of Clay High School (Green Cove Springs), who set a state-record in the 129-pound division with a clean-and-jerk lift of 210 pounds.

Clay High School’s Rodney Keller earned Coach-of-the-Year honors after leading his squad to the Class 2A state title. Clay’s championship performance included a trio of state-title winners. The other coaching finalists were Garrett Bagley of Class 3A state champion Navarre and Brittney Schearer of Class 1A state runner-up Suwannee.

The Florida Dairy Farmers High School Sports Awards program exemplifies Florida Dairy Farmers’ commitment to the state’s youth. This is the 30th year of these unique awards as we honor the state’s top athletes and coaches in all FHSAA sanctioned and recognized sports. The program also emphasizes to young people the importance of keeping dairy products a primary part of their diet in their overall nutrition plan.

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