Looking for a new challenge, three Polk State soccer players entered – and won -- their first powerlifting competition.
Celeste Chiles, Hannah Dearing, and Rhiannon Pugh competed in the 23rdAnnual Frank Kostyo Memorial AAPF Powerlifting Meet, Bench Press and Deadlift Championship on March 23 at All-American Gym in Lakeland.
Each won her age and weight class.
Eagles soccer players already take part in a rigorous training program, so why did these three want to train for a powerlifting competition?
"Just for fun!" says Dearing, a sophomore defender from Viera, Fla.
"I just felt like trying something new," says Pugh a sophomore midfielder from Winter Haven.
"It was a spur-of-moment decision," says Chiles, a freshman goaltender from Port St. Joe, Fla. "I'm glad because I can tell the training has made me more explosive in goal."
Chiles will stay with the team for the upcoming season, which begins in August. Dearing and Pugh will graduate in May.
"We do have a major focus of explosive movements in our weight training throughout the year as it helps with injury prevention," says Head Coach Steve Linamen. "So it only seems natural for athletes that are competitive by nature to want to compete.
"During regular training for the powerlifting competition, the three of them garnered the attention of several other Polk State students, which has led to the formation of a Powerlifting Club starting next fall."
Any full-time students who would like more information on the club can contact Coach Linamen at email@example.com.