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Next time you see Jasmine Baker, a junior at South Lake High School, you may be looking at Lake County Schools’ newest state champion.

Baker is set compete against all the top athletes from around the state on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the FHSAA Girls Weightlifting Championships beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Kissimmee Civic Center, located at 201 E. Dakin Ave.

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“She has a chance to become a member of a very elite group of student athletes who have won a state championship at South Lake High School since day one back in 1993,” said Matthew Sanderlin, Coach of South Lake High’s Girls Weightlifting Team. “To my knowledge, it has only happened twice out of an amazing group of student athletes that have come through our doors over the years.”

Baker competed against 25 other high schools at the State Sectional Weightlifting Meet in New Port Richey on Jan. 29 and finished first in her weight class. She bench pressed 235 pounds and recorded 175 pounds at the clean and jerk event for a combined lift of 410, which bested her nearest opponent by 50 pounds.

Out of all nine districts to qualify for the state championship, Baker’s score was second best. At the state competition she will have to contend with an entry from Navarre High School, who broke the state record with a combined lift of 435.

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