Ariella Garrett, Seminole Ridge and Adrin Edourd, Boynton Beach: Post All-Area girls weightlifters of the year
Friday, March 26, 2010
by Paul Ivice
Ariella Garrett (left) and Adrin Edourd. (Photo by Ray Graham / The Palm Beach Post
With fourth-place finishes at the state girls weight lifting tournament, Boynton Beach's Adrin Edourd and Seminole Ridge's Ariella Garrett did as well as any area competitors had in the seven years of the tournament.
Only two other area lifters have finished as high as fourth at state.
Both Edourd and Garrett started lifting as freshmen and have shown their determination in different ways.
Garrett, a junior who quit the softball team to focus on weight lifting, works out for 90 minutes four days a week.
"Ariella has been the hardest worker at this I've ever seen, not only in season, but out of season," said Ben Kenerson, who has coached Seminole Ridge for seven years.
That work led to Garrett reaching her goal of benching 160 pounds and lifting 150 in the clean and jerk. She accomplished that at state even though she competed at 129 pounds after being in the 139-pound class throughout the season.
"It's a lot of work to build up your strength for the little time you spend actually lifting in a meet, but the adrenaline rush and competing with everybody else is really fun," Garrett said.
Edourd almost didn't have a team to lift with. After her freshman year, the Boynton Beach coach took another job, so Edourd recruited assistant principal Ed Tierney and history teacher Monica Williams to coach.
Tierney said Edourd's intelligence (she ranks sixth in her class of 300) has helped in her preparation, including understanding nutrition and her competition.
"She's also calm and confident," Tierney said, "so if her first lift doesn't go well, she can laugh it off and still focus on the next one without losing confidence."
Edourd, who plans to study biomedical engineering at South Florida next year, said weight lifting "helped me find myself." She said she was very shy, but that success in competition brought her out of her shell.
"My first time in the weight room, it just clicked," she said.
Seminole Ridge, So.
Benched 105 pounds and lifted 110 in the clean & jerk to finish 10th at state.
South Fork, Sr.
Lifted 100 pounds in bench and 110 in clean & jerk to place 22nd at state.
Ft. Pierce Central, Sr.
Lifts of 110 in bench and 135 in clean & jerk put her 19th at state.
Placed 12th at state with bench of 130 and clean & jerk of 145.
South Fork, Sr.
Lifts of 120 pounds in both events placed her 22nd at state.
Fort Pierce Central, Sr.
Lifted more in sectional, but 120 in both events at state placed her 21st.
Repeated her sectional lifts of 130 in bench and 135 in clean & jerk at state for 21st place.
Same lifts at sectional would have put her 4th at state, but started with too much weight and scratched.
Boynton Beach, Sr.
Improved over sectional lifts by a total of 15 pounds to place 12th at state.