Niceville’s Melaina Bryant has a title to defend. Garrett Bagley’s Navarre crew has a state title to reclaim.


Yep, Saturday’s 2A state weightlifting meet could generate some hardware-hoisting, career-defining lifts.


In the 199-pound class, Bryant is the lifter to beat.


A 400-pound regional lift will do that, the junior’s nearest competitor 10 pounds behind. She also has the experience of two previous state podium trips, finishing third as a freshman and winning it all as a sophomore.


Navarre, which won four straight titles from 2015-2018, will also have a target on its back. And that has more to do with sheer quantity.


After all, 19 state qualifiers and six regional champs for one program will turn heads.


The individual regional champs include Jelina Bly, Katie Johnson, Makaila Hebner, Veronica Hallis, Macy Payne and Alexis Prather.


Bly, a junior, is seeded third with a 305-pound total in the 110-pound class and is 20 pounds behind the frontrunner, while senior Johnson is seeded fourth in the 119-pound class with a 315-pound total.


Hebner, a senior, is seeded second in the 139-pound class with a 340-pound total, 25 pounds behind the front-runner, and senior Hallis is seeded tied for second in the 154-pound class with a 360-pound total.


Payne, a junior, is seeded sixth in the 183-pound class with a 355-pound total, while senior Prather is seeded third in the unlimited class with a 485-pound total.


Senior Kylie Kerr is seeded fifth in the 139-pound class with a 325-pound total, while junior Jada Thomas is seeded tied for sixth in the 154-pound class with a 340-pound total.


Sophomore Kayla Stockdale and junior Kari Brewton are seeded off the podium in the 101-pound class with a 230-pound total each, and senior Nia Quarker is seeded off the podium in the 110-pound class with a 270-pound total. Senior Lily Williams is seeded off the podium in the 119-pound class with a 270-pound total, while senior Natalya Garza is seeded off the podium in the 129-pound class with a 315-pound total.


Senior Hudson Brynleigh and sophomore Mackenzie Prather are seeded off the podium in the 169-pound class with 310-pound totals, while senior Sophia Bucinell is seeded off the podium in the 183-pound with a 320-pound total.


Senior Ashley Hixon and freshman Abby Routh are seeded off the podium in the 199-pound class, Hixon with a 340-pound total and Routh with a 305-pound total, while Amira Marshall is seeded off the podium in the unlimited class with a 360-pound total.


Niceville, fresh off a third-place finish at state last year, qualified 10 for state – including three regional champs.


Region champ Kelsey Garrison, a senior, is seeded fifth in the 129-pound class with a 330-pound total, 20 pounds behind the front-runner, while region champ Malei DeZalia, a senior, is seeded tied for sixth in the 101-pound class with 245-pound total.


Darla Joyner, a junior, is seeded tied for sixth in the 119-pound class with a 300-pound total, while every other Eagle is unseeded.


That includes sophomore Avery Brechtel in the 199-pound class with a 305-pound total, senior Delaney Cookman in the 129-pound class with a 315-pound total and in the 139-pound class, senior Hannah Jessiman with a 315-pound total and junior Riana Rhone with a 305-pound total. That includes junior Chasity in the 154-pound class with a 320-pound total and sophomore Meagan Hague in the 183-pound class with a 335-pound total.


For Fort Walton Beach, which qualified two lifters, senior Sydney Kale is seeded off the podium in the 139-pound class with a 310-pound total and senior Katie Spradlin is seeded off the podium in the 183-pound class with a 320-pound total.