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MHS coaches flex at weightlifting competition

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Above, from left, are Joel Anderson, RAW Federation President Paul Bossi, and Lee Anderson.

Three Middlesex High School athletic coaches are active in the “100% RAW (Drug Free) Power-lifting Federation” competitions, and two coaches participated in a meet last Saturday at Standardsville.

In the 308-pound weight class in the 30-35 year old age division, MHS coach Joel Anderson set a state and national record in strict curls with a 165-pound curl. He also set a state record with a bench press of 487 pounds. Anderson bench pressed 500 pounds twice, but the judge ruled the bench presses were “improper lifts.”

Joel’s brother, MHS coach Lee Anderson, set a state record in the super heavyweight class with a 450-pound bench press in the 36-39 age division. Anderson’s lift broke his own state record that had been set at 445 pounds.

On March 15 in Leesburg, MHS coach Heath Cockerham set a state record in the 242-pound weight class with a 140-pound strict curl. He also bench pressed 275 pounds.

Cockerham is head football coach at MHS, Lee Anderson is head wrestling coach, and Joel Anderson is head boys track coach.

posted 08.26.2009

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