Sneads High School weightlifters qualify for State Meet

Devin Barnes (UNL class), Hunter Tyus (219 class), and Donovan Hodges (119 class) have qualified and are headed to the state weight meet in Port St. Joe!

In March of this year, Hunter Tyus placed first in the 219 pounds “Guys vs. Gravity” weight meet, and at the beginning of this month, he won the 219-Weight Division District Title when he lifted a combined 520 pounds. 

In a recent interview, Devin Barnes told the Chattahoochee News-Herald & Sneads Sentinel: “One important thing I’ve learned about weightlifting is consistency. You have to be consistent in the weight room to improve and get stronger.”

Barnes went on to explain some of his accomplishments thus far, “I lifted 330 for bench and 250 for clean (the movement in which the barbell is lifted from the floor to a racked position) and jerk (when the lifter raises the barbell to a stationary position above the head) and got three at the ‘Guys vs. Gravity’.”

Weightlifting is a very disciplined sport when it comes to exercises.

Barnes continued to discuss the hard work and dedication it takes to be a weightlifter, “You have to stay in the weight room because the one day you don’t get in there, you will have no more hype to be in the gym.”

When asked about how he thought his teammates would best describe him he said, “I think they would describe me as a leader. When I am off the field, I’m a laid-back person, but if we are on the field, it’s a whole different personality.”

The state weight meet in Port St. Joe is scheduled for Saturday, April 23.

Patricia Smith – Gadsden County News Service


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