2012 Sun boys weightlifter of the year

Jared Makatura, Interlachen

The Gainesville Sun Men's Weightlifting Player of the Year Jared Makatura, a sophomore at Interlachen High School, in Gainesville, May 29, 2012. Makatura won the 1A 219 pound weight class state championship.

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Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 10:16 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 10:16 a.m.


After capturing the FHSAA Class 1A state championship in the 199-pound weight class as a freshman, Makatura had to battle through some adversity during his sophomore season. In the fall, he suffered a broken leg and a sprained ankle during football season for Interlachen. Then during weightlifting season, in which he went up to the 219-pound weight class, he became ill and ran a fever just prior to the district meet. Although, Makatura said that he wasn't able to work out for a week and that it did set him back a bit, it did not stop him. At the District 4-1A event, he bench pressed 380 pounds followed by a clean and jerk of 295 pounds for a 675 total. He was the district runner-up after tying Glen St. Mary Baker County's Jeremy Wannamaker, who won via the weigh-in tiebreaker. On the biggest stage, at the state meet at the Kissimmee Civic Center was where Makatura responded. Despite benching 375, five-pounds less than his district total, he posted a personal-record clean and jerk of 310 pounds for a state championship winning total of 685. Makatura edged Wannamaker (675 total) by 10 pounds for the title.

"The goal is to always win another state championship, I don't believe in settling for less," Makatura said. "I always believe in pushing myself to the fullest capacity. I have been very blessed to get this far."

Personal notes

Makautura, who also suits up for the Rams football team as a linebacker, has a bit of a green thumb. He has his own garden in the backyard and grows vegetables such as green beans, squash and tomatoes. Jared's older brother, John, who placed fourth at state in the 219 weight class as a senior a year ago, served as a volunteer coach this season. John was a first-team all-area lifter in 2011.


"I was excited because I remember last year it came down to me and the Suwannee guy (Abram Anderson) and I thought I'd really like to win this. Then it turned out, he got it, which he deserved it being that the year before he had heart-breaker. But this year it is really exciting to have this honor. Not everybody gets to say that they have won weightlifter of the year."

- Jared Makatura.

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