Setting the bar

Powerlifters place at State meet

Senior Chloe Jacob placed 4th at the girls state powerlifting meet.

Camille Kelly, Writer

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle,” Napoleon Hill once said. Seniors Chloe Jacob and Dustin Bland’s continuous effort and struggle paid off when they placed 4th and 5th, respectively, at the State level in powerlifting. Bland also succeeded in breaking the State bench-press record by five pounds. 

“When a lifter lifts a weight that they didn’t think they would be able to, they start to understand that they are more capable than they give themselves credit for and their confidence grows,” powerlifting Coach John Snoddy said. “It comes with a sense of accomplishment.”  

Last year, Jacob was disqualified from Regionals, after having placed first at Region. This year, she promised herself she would work even harder.  

“I think that just like anything in life, you have to be dedicated and determined,” Jacob said. “Powerlifting is an individual sport, meaning the only person who can change the outcome is you. I gave it my all and I’m proud I got to experience the amazing opportunity.” 

After nine months of workouts outside of the powerlifting season, the lifter’s arduous work led them to advance in all their competitions, eventually making it to the final level, State, where they faced their most intense competition. 

“It feels good to have broken the bench-press record at State,” Bland said. “It took a lot of time and hard work, challenging myself week after week to lift more.”  

Aside from their victories at State competition, powerlifting is a sport that both Jacob and Bland can enjoy for fun outside of school.  

“You only live once, so do everything the best you can.” Jacob said. “It does not matter what place you come in, because if you tried your hardest, you’re already a winner.”