Keystone Heights’ Trey Jeffries named Athlete of the Week

Keystone Heights' Trey Jeffries won a pair of Class 1A state titles in the 238-pound division.
Keystone Heights' Trey Jeffries won a pair of Class 1A state titles in the 238-pound division.
Courtesy of Terri Jeffries

Keystone Heights senior Trey Jeffries did just enough to bring home two individual Class 1A state titles from the FHSAA Boys Weightlifting Championships last weekend at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

For his accomplishments, Jeffries has been named the Pavlik Orthodontics Athlete of the Week for the week of April 15.

He helped lead the Indians to a team state runner-up finish in the Traditional championship and a third-place finish in the Olympic competition.

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But he could have done more on an individual level.

For the second straight year, Jeffries took home a state title in the Traditional competition.

However, this time he competed in the 238-pound division after winning an individual championship in the 219-pound weight class last year.

He had a total of 730 pounds in the Traditional competition, which was 70 pounds ahead of Francisco Perez of Taylor (Pierson), who finished with a total of 660.

“His 730 pounds won the competition, but he had 20-30 more pounds that he could have lifted if we needed him to,” said Keystone Heights boys weightlifting coach Lantz Lowery.

He also won the Olympic title with a total of 585 pounds, which was 25 pounds more than second-place finisher Josh Modupe of Fernandina Beach.

“Again, 585 pounds was all that we needed him to lift,” Lowery said. “We had 10 more pounds on Snatch and 25 on clean and jerk.”

The Indians edged South Sumter (Bushnell) by two points for second place, so his points were huge.

“Trey may be the most explosive weightlifter that I have ever coached,” Lowery said. “He is much better in competition than in practice. He thrives on the audience and the platform.”

Jeffries is the 35th athlete to be selected for the weekly award during the 2023-24 school year.

Last week’s winner was Trayce McKenzie of the Columbia (Lake City) baseball team.

He batted .625 (5-for-8) with two home runs, two triples, four RBI, and five runs scored in two wins for the Tigers. It was his first two home runs of the season.

Other recent winners include Nicholas “Nick” Tisher of the Gainesville boys weightlifting team and Sarah Priester of the Newberry softball team.

For a complete list of winners, click here.

Coaches are encouraged to email their nominations each week, along with stats, no later than Sunday night to mike.ridaught@mainstreetdailynews.com.

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