The Sun's 2013 High School Weightlifter of the Year
Published: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:58 p.m.
JARED MAKATURA, INTERLACHEN
Today: Boys weightlifting
Tuesday: Track and Field
Friday: Small School Athletes of Year
Saturday, June 8: Big School Athletes of Year
Sunday, June 9: Scholar Athletes of Year
After claiming two straight state titles by 10 or fewer pounds, Jared Makatura did not hesitate to pile on the weight at this year's FHSAA Class 1A state championships. While competing at the 219-pound weight class, Makatura lifted a combined 720 pounds in the bench press and clean and jerk to best his nearest competitor by 55 pounds — tied for the second largest margin of victory at the meet. Along with winning his first District 4-1A title, Makatura became just the 18th lifter in state history to win three consecutive championships. Makatura has steadily increased his lift totals by at least 35 pounds each season since winning the Class 1A title at 199 pounds to cap his freshman campaign. Makatura made the jump to 219 pounds last year and won his second championship with a 685-pound total. Heading into this season, Makatura said the key to continuing his run at the state level would be his progression in the clean and jerk. Following a bench press of 380 pounds at the Kissimmee Civic Center, Makatura sealed his third title with a personal-best clean and jerk of 340 pounds.
Makatura, who was the 2012 Sun Weightlifter of the Year, worked personally with Chip Thorndike, one of the owners of CrossFit Gainesville, to improve his clean and jerk this season. With the help of Thorndike, Makatura said he was able to work out the kinks in his technique and lift an additional 30 pounds. Next year, Makatura has the opportunity to become just the second lifter in FHSAA history to win four straight titles. To accomplish that feat, he set a goal this summer of cracking 400 pounds in the bench press.
“As a lifter, you want to work as hard as you can, but you have to know that your body has limitations. I figured that out my sophomore year, and I was working out so hard that I overworked and then it brought me back down. You can't fight against yourself. You have to know your limitations.” — Jared Makatura