On Saturday night, boys from all classes participated in Campion Academy’s annual Ironman competition. Senior Eddie Camacho won the 2019 Ironman title, getting his name on a plaque on the official trophy. It was Camacho’s first year participating in the event, and he even had to come home early from a trip to Mexico to participate.
“It was a blast.” Camacho said, laughing, “I talked a lot beforehand. I told a lot of my friends, jokingly, that I was going to win it. I talked a lot of smack and then afterwards I was like ‘I better actually go win this thing now.' I would have been happy if I had just placed, and I was surprised when I won. Probably one of the most fun parts was hyping everyone up and showing good sportsmanship in every event, because having fun is what it’s all about.”
The competitions included a mile race, bench press, obstacle course, pushups, jousting, chugging, and a basketball dunk competition. One highly anticipated moment of the night was senior Hunter Bergondo’s turn at the bench press. Last year he broke Campion’s record by benching 315 pounds, and this year he broke his own record by benching an incredible 370 pounds. Not only was that a record for Campion, but it was a personal record for Bergondo.
“I just decided to go for it. I was anxious about it all weekend. I wanted to get at least 360, and after I got that I was like ‘well I might as well go for 370,’” Bergondo said. This was Bergondo’s third year of participating in the event and it had been a personal goal of his since he was a freshman to beat the bench press record that had been held by Jared Barnes since 1999. “One of my favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:13. It helps me know that I can achieve anything with the Lord.” Bergondo said, adding, “Praise the Lord.”
Ashley Herber, Student Editor