The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | March 28, 2014
If Fort Knox High School power lifting head coach Conrad Garcia has his way, spring break this year will be spent cleaning out room in the school's trophy case for a few more entries. The school's power lifting team will set out to continue its recent dominance at the National Athlete Strength Association's high school national championships this weekend. The Eagles will make the 12-hour drive to Oklahoma City to compete in NASA's biggest meet of the season.
The Eagles have a history of doing remarkably well at the meet. Fort Knox has won overall team titles six of the last eight years, and will have six returning national champions this season.
"This team is better overall than any team I've ever had," Garcia said. "I'll never go on record and say we're going to win it because anything can happen, but it's going to take a good team to beat them.
"Four boys and 14 girls will compete for the Eagles across three different categories: unequipped power lifting, power sports and power press. In unequipped, athletes perform in the squat, bench press and dead lift, while the power press consists of power clean and bench press. Power sports will tests abilities in curl, bench press and dead lift. While competitors are broken down into weight classes, a coefficiency rating at the end determines overall winners by taking the amount lifted across all events combined, divided by the lifter's weight.
Championship belts are awarded to the top overall lifters for the entire meet based on the total number of entries in each event. Several of the lifters have set their sights on bringing back belts.
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