ROTC student wins weightlifting competition
Published: Monday, February 24, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014 17:02
Senior Byron Fair earned the title ASU’s Strongest Man Thursday when he pressed, lifted and squatted a combined total of 835 pounds. in the first Red WOLF center weightlifting competition.
Fair, an interdisciplinary studies major of Paragould and ROTC student, was carried to victory by his superior squat lift of 500 pounds.
“I know my squat was good,” Fair said.
The event combined one competition in squats with two competitions in bench-pressing, with competitors’ highest scores in each category added together to form his or her final weight score.
Scott Dodd, a junior physical education major of Corning, won the two bench-pressing divisions with a top lift weight of 405 pounds, his closest competitor trailing 50 pounds behind him.
Dodd and Fair attribute their successes to their long-term participation in the ROTC program, and said that training gave them an advantage.
“The event was so much fun,” Fair said.
Each of the competitors was given a red Pack Pride t-shirt.
McKenzie Cagle, junior English major of Paragould, turned out to support her boyfriend Fair in the competition.
“The event was awesome. I don’t mind watching another again. It was really impressive,” Cagle said.
Tyler Allisure, a freshman marketing major of Bryant, said the event was fun to watch and he is looking forward to possibly participating in the next competition.
“It really shocked me that so many people on campus can lift that much. I encourage anyone to do the event, especially if they have a friend doing it,” Allisure said. “It is fun and exciting. Depending on how much I can lift I may sign up next time.”
The competition was hosted by the Red WOLF Center and organized by graduate assistant Kate Titsworth, who works with intramural athletics and the wellness program. Titsworth has previously judged high school weightlifting competitions and was impressed with the A-State competition’s high turnout rate.
She said A-State has hosted similar events in the past with only 3-5 students competing, but having 10 participants added a level of competition not previously found.
“I know a lot of guys come in to the Red Wolf Center and lift weights and they didn’t want to participate, but hopefully seeing such a good turnout like this will increase participation for next one,” Titsworth said. “I see a lot of guys who come in here that look like they could do this. I hope to see more.”
Kelly Tuttle, coordinator of wellness programs, said she was happy participants enjoyed the competition and looks forward to hosting more in the future.