Baylor junior Jackson Powell competed in his first officially sanctioned United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) event, Tennessee Open in Oak Ridge, Tenn. on January 18 and may have launched a career.
Already thought to be, unofficially, the strongest 17-year-old in the U.S., Powell removed all doubt at the competition, completing three lifts that totaled over 1,850 pounds. Starting with a squat of 832 pounds, Powell added a bench press of 380 and a dead lift of 644 pounds.
"I think Jackson put his stamp on being the strongest 17-year-old, not only in Tennessee, but in the country," said Baylor strength and conditioning coach Dave Reynolds.
Jackson and Reynolds are hoping the performance will result in an invitation to international events later this year where world records can be challenged.