Texas Record Breakers 2018 Recap
by Strongman Coach Daniel Evans
Saturday April 28 was a big day for strongman competitors in the state of Texas. It was the day that every single state record for every weight class that Strongman Corporation (one of the two sanctioning bodies in the United States) was up for grabs. Our very own Pat Dequeant was one of the handful of athletes that showed up to claim records. The event was run powerlifting style (3 attempts, call your own weights) for the static strength events and one attempt for the moving events.
The day began with the axle clean and press. There were a few records set, but the highlight was probably Brittany Barnes setting a new Texas State, American <64kg, and World <63kg record with 195 pounds overhead.
The next event was the Log Clean and Press. This was the record Pat Dequeant has been after for a while in the <265 lb class, but has not been able to get before due to weight classes being combined at other shows. He did have one other competitor for the record who admitted to me he would be lucky to hit 350 on the day. With a solid training program under his belt and plenty of warm-up time, Pat was able to break the record by 5 pounds with his first attempt. His second and third were to break his own record and to make sure that the other guy had no chance of tying the new record. He unfortunately missed his second attempt, but regrouped and grinded it out for a good lift on his third and final attempt. The record now sits at 365 pounds, a 20 pound increase over the record at the start of the day. Brittany Barnes also set another new Texas State, American <64kg, and World <63kg record with 196.8 pounds overhead at this event.
The third event was the deadlift. There were a few big pulls, but the biggest of the day when Austin Haye broke the <231 lb class record with a 730 pound deadlift. Say what you will about strongman using straps, but 730 pounds is heavy with or without straps.
The fourth event was the Circus DB clean and press. Again Brittany Barnes was dominant in this event, giving her every Texas state pressing record in her weight class.
The final event was the 60 foot Yoke Carry, where the men’s <300 lb record was completely destroyed. That was the only record in this event that was broken.
All in all, it was a fantastic event that Jacob Fincher, Scott Brockelman, Arlington Strength & Conditioning, and SBD USA put on. Pat will be getting his record certificate in the mail soon. In the meantime, he now sets his eyes on getting a Strongman Corporation Nationals invitation at Central Texas Strongest Man on May 19 in Waco.