Steamboat Springs With shoulders as broad as a sheet of plywood and legs as thick as oak trees, Hayden High School’s Ty Dunckley just looks strong.
Now, those entering the school’s gymnasium will know just how strong Dunckley is.
At some point in the near future Dunckley’s name will be put on the Hayden weightlifting wall as the strongest male student to walk the school’s halls since weightlifting records were first tracked in the 1999-00 school year.
The senior completed the four-lift task Wednesday, besting Kevin Miller’s 2002 mark of 1,430 pounds.
Dunckley bench-pressed, squatted, power-cleaned and dead-lifted a combined 1,435 pounds. He needed to bench press 320 pounds Wednesday to set the record. After tying Miller’s mark with a 315-pound bench press, Dunckley pushed up 320 pounds to break it.
“I was just stoked and happy,” said Dunckley, who dead-lifted 500 pounds, squatted 355 pounds and power-cleaned 260 pounds. “I was going for it, and I finally got it.”
The record came as no surprise to weightlifting teacher Shawn Baumgartner, who also coached Dunckley during the football season.
Dunckley became one of only two freshman to ever join the school’s 1,000-pound club. He joined the Iron Tiger Club, lifting 1,250 pounds, his sophomore year.
“I was hoping he would do it,” Baumgartner said. “The one thing he dedicated himself to was the weight room. He’s naturally a strong, strong kid. He’s as strong a kid I’ve had since I’ve been here.”
Dunckley will now turn his focus to the school record of 1,510 pounds held by Holli Salazar. Girls are allowed a fifth lift.
Baumgartner said he has no doubt Dunckley can do it, especially in being able to increase his squat number.
“I’m going to try and beat that,” Dunckley said. “If I stick in (weightlifting class) I’ll give it all I have.”
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