565 Quartermaster Company soldiers have the 'power' to out lift the competition

"Increase it by another 30 pounds," said Staff Sgt. Maurice Williams, a soldier with the 565 Quartermaster Company, 13th COSCOM, to the referee as Williams psyched himself up for his third lift at the bench press.

Williams then took his position on the bench press, and with his face full of determination he successfully lifted the 395 pounds on the bar.

It was feats like this that allowed Williams to take first place for the males in the first annual 13th COSCOM Power-lifting Competition on the afternoon of July 25 at the COSCOM gym. Williams lifted a total of 1,205 pounds in the three events in the competition. Each competitor was evaluated on how much weight they could lift from the bench-press, dead lift, and squat positions.

The competition was broken down in two divisions, male and female, and trophies were handed out to the top three finishers in both divisions. In the male division, Sgt. Omar Alvarez came in second place. Alvarez is another soldier from the 565th Quartermaster Company. Alvarez lifted a total of 1, 020 pounds in the three events. Spc. Anthony Sims, a soldier from the HHC, 13th COSCOM, came in third. Sims lifted a total of 1,015 pounds in the three events. Sims said, "It was a good competition. There could have been more people participating, which could have allowed the competition to be broken down into different weight classes."

As participants goes, there were actually seven females participating in the female division. Sgt. Martha Martinez, a soldier with the HHC, 13th COSCOM, placed first place in the female division by dead-lifting 205 pounds and lifting a total of 505 pounds overall in the three events. Sgt. Tammy Lara, who finished second in the female division and who is also a soldier with the HHC, 13th COSCOM, said, "I had a lot of fun doing it. It builds motivation and makes me want to lift weights." Lara had out lifted Martinez in the dead-lift event by lifting 225 pounds, but she had only lifted 485 pounds overall in the three events. "It is good of the gym to think of a power-lifting competition," said Lara, "I like that the gym had a competition that included both male and female, and not just the males." Master Sgt. Eunice Robinson, who placed third in the female division, said she normally lifts every day. Robison lifted a total of 445 pounds overall in the three events.

The small turn out for the event didn't dampen the competitive spirits of the competitors. The competitors cheered each other as one competitor after the next took their position to raise the heavy bar. "The turn out for the event wasn't as big as we thought it would be, but it was intense and competitive," said Sgt. 1st Class Jaime Rodriguez, the facility manager for the 13th COSCOM gym.

 

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