CUMBERLAND, Miss. (WTVA) -- A local lifter rewrote the record book. This after the High School Powerlifting State Championships at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
"It keeps my mind free like sometimes when I’m lifting that’s all I think about is lifting weights," East Webster Senior Camron Jennings, said. "I don’t think about anything else, it’s kind of like my free time so to say."
I caught Camron on a light day, he was just repping about 495 pounds. A far cry from his state record squat of 835 pounds in the state championship. A record he’s been working his whole high school career towards.
"I knew I was going to get the record," Jennings said. "I’m a big believer in energy and I feel like whatever you put your energy into you got to get something out of it."
Just in case you’re like me and can’t really wrap your mind around what 835 pounds really is: that’s like squatting a full size adult grizzly bear. So how did that feel in the moment?
"When I got it up I was like yeah, it’s 835 pounds," Jennings said. "But when I went down I had no other choice but to come up."
His coach, Brandon Haynes, looked on during Camron’s record breaking squat. Jennings described their relationship as kind of like Daniel-son and Mister Miyagi from the Karate Kid. The two share a special bond.
"There was a moment he screamed a little and let a little emotion out," Haynes said. "I patted him on the back and he turned around and gave me a hug, I think that my back is still feeling that hug that he gave me."
Jennings is set to graduate from East Webster this spring and then plans to go play football for Holmes Community College in the fall. He said he’s excited to go play football, but powerlifting is his true love and he hopes to etch his name not just in the Mississippi record books…but the world.
"I plan on being the world’s strongest man one day and holding the world record for a squat," Jennings said.