Imagine being a high school freshman football player. You’re dedicated to getting better so you lift a lot.
Then one day someone points out that you lift a whole lot for your age and weight.
So your parents enter you in the World Bench Press Championships and before you know it, you are off to North Carolina and set a world record.
John Glenn Freshman Blake Harris doesn’t have to imagine such a scenario.
One month ago he lived it.
With a lift of 187.5 pounds, Harris set the world record in the 132 pound weight class for 14 and 15-year-olds.
“I was kind of in shock and just sat there and it kind of took a few days to sink in after I got back,” Harris said this week.
“I was just extremely proud of him,” his father Terry explains. “I don’t think it hit him for quite a while. I don’t think he realized what he had done.”
And now that he has had time to think about, Blake still has trouble putting it into words.
“It’s crazy; real exciting,” Blake said laughing.
Blake stands 5’5” and currently weighs 134 pounds. He looks and acts like your typical 15-year-old. It’s why he caught many be surprised when he broke the news of his record setting performance at school.
“Some of my teachers were like ‘What?’ because I’m not the biggest kid,” Blake explains.
Whether or not he’s the biggest, he’s proven to be the strongest 15-year-old.
For Blake, he’s not changing course. He enjoys lifting but still considers it a means to helping him play football and run track.
Blake hopes to play varsity next season for the Falcon football team.
While his official world record is 187.5 pounds, Blake’s personal best is 195 pounds.
On Wednesday, he attempted to break both in front of our Newscenter 16 cameras.
After pressing 185 pounds with ease, Blake attempted a 200 pound lift, but was just unable to make it.
To his credit, Blake had just worked out his chest two days prior and was a little sore.
He believes he will be able to set that new personal best of 200 pounds in the very near future.