Fil-Am teen Jared Caguiat sets Alaska weightlifting squats record

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17-year-old Jared Caguiat broke his own High School Squats record with 615 squats | Photo screengrab from training video of Ketchikan Strength and Conditioning Facebook page.

Filipino-American teenager Jaredval Lopez Caguiat set new weightlifting squats High School record in the state of Alaska.

Jared Caguiat made 615 squats during the 19th Annual Ketchikan Winter Powerlifting Competition held in December 7, 2019, a feat never before achieved in the Alaska High School squats record history.

The 17-year-old teen lifter set the new squats record with six 45-pound plates, a few smaller weights, and a 45-pound bar. A month before the competition Caguiat had already recorded 605 pounds during his training at Ketchikan Strength and Conditioning.

The Ketchikan High School Junior broke his own State Record at 475 pounds. Caguiat aimed to make 600 in the December competition and exceeded his goal by 15 pounds.

The son of May Lopez and Val Caguiat from the Philippines had also held Alaska State Raw Records in 2018.

Ketchikan Daily News reported that the competition also saw Caguiat setting his own new personal records by lifting 565 pounds in the deadlift and 315 pounds in a bench press.

Caguiat’s colleagues and fans congratulated him on Facebook, among them, his training team at Ketchikan Strength and Conditioning announcing, “@choppastickz broke the Alaska Highschool squat record with a 615# skwaaaaaaaaat!”

FB user Nathalie White wrote, “Congratulations freaking incredible!!!” and Denise Buker posted, “WAHOOOOO!! Congratulations J!!! Amazing!!!”.

Jared Caguiat is eyeing moving to the Philippines for college to take up a nursing degree.

Filipino weightlifters have shown the world their power, including Rio Olympian Hidilyn Diaz who has picked up gold medals including at the 30th SEA Games on her way bidding for a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

With reports from Blesilda dela Cruz.

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