The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | April 11, 2014
Instead of spending time on the beach or at other outdoor activities, a group of Fort Knox High School students spent their spring break lifting weights and collecting hardware. The school's power lifting team continued its strong history in the National Athlete Strength Association's high school national championships in Oklahoma City, winning four categories and coming in second in three others. The Eagles won 19 individual national championships and brought home 64 trophies and plaques overall, while eighth-grader Ricky Olivares set two national records.
Fort Knox came up short in defending its overall national championship, but head coach Conrad Garcia said he's proud of the way the team performed."There weren't as many lifters at the meet as there was last year, but the quality of the lifters was better," Garcia said. "We did really well for a young team. I wanted to win but we're still a strong team."The Eagles took 14 girls and four boys to the meet. Competition was spread out across different weight classes and age groups in three different categories of power lifting: unequipped power lifting, power sports and power press.