VERNON - 12 area schools converged at Vernon High School Thursday as the school hosted weightlifting event, "Guys v. Gravity."

The event saw 136 registered lifters from Holmes County High School, Liberty County, Wewahitchka, Blountstown, Arnold, Mosley, Sneads, Altha, Port St. Joe, Chipley, Vernon, and Graceville.

"District Championships are in just two weeks, and we wanted to give these young athletes an opportunity to prepare for competing in a room with hundreds of lifters, rather than a handful," said VHS Weightlifting Coach Lee Richards. "We appreciate everyone who attended."

Despite facing much larger teams, Vernon was able to snag 2nd place overall, as well as several top three individual placements and a first place win by Damion Stephens, who topped his 199 lb. weight class with 325 on the bench and 295 on the clean and jerk.

Also placing were Antonio Rodriguez - 2nd in the 129 class; Trent Rudd - 3rd in the 199 class; Nathan Mathis - 3rd in the 169 class; Dycarius Davis, 6th in the 169 class; Joseph Fielding, 2nd in the 183 class; Demetreous Davis, 2nd in the 199 class and Tyrick Davis, 2nd in the 199 class.