As Brawley Union High's Tomas Ibarra prepared for his final squat attempt at the second annual Brawley varsity football powerlifting meet Saturday, all he could hear and focus on were the spectators and fellow lifters.
Impressed by the 515 pounds the 16-year-old junior was attempting to squat, even high school rivals cheered him on.
With his adrenaline pumping and the support of those watching, the 220-pounder came through in impressive fashion, squatting 515 pounds and setting a school record.
Along with his record-breaking squat, he also benched 285 pounds and dead-lifted 535 on his way to the meet's outstanding heavyweight lifter award.
"I felt pretty good going into that meet. And I was just confident enough to even try 515 in the squat," said Ibarra. "All those people and guys from other schools cheering just pumped me up and gave me more confidence."