Senior Emily Stivers is five pounds away from breaking the Blue Valley West squat record and it’s something she’s wanted since she stepped foot into the school four years ago.
She became so hungry for the record that when she wasn’t able to be in a weights class she was getting up at 6:30 am to go lift before school.
School: Blue Valley West
College: Kansas State
Accomplishments: Two-year team captain, five pounds away from school squat record
“Funny story, the person who has the record is the JV coach for Southwest, so she’s in the gym,” Stivers said after the Jaguars’ game against BV Southwest.
Stivers, who was taught to lift by her brother Tom, is chasing Carissa Alexander, who squatted 320 pounds. Stivers wants to lift 330 pounds.
“I’m not very good at sports, but I’m really good at lifting,” Stivers said. “I guess it’s the fact you can constantly get better. Even if you fail you’re going to get stronger from it.”
With being able to lift that much weight, comes a large intake of calories. Stivers loves steak burritos from Freebirds. She’s like a garbage disposal.
“I’ll put away food and I’ll keep eating,” Stivers said. “I work out enough. I’ve been (the same height and weight) since sixth grade. I haven’t really changed.”
But she has changed. Stivers developed rheumatoid arthritis in her right wrist, which has caused her to make adjustments. When she was younger she wanted to become involved in ROTC, but as of sophomore year, she found out she’s medically ineligible.
She said the rheumatoid arthritis is difficult because it’s painful. She said it’s manageable despite her medications not always working.
Stivers, who has been on the varsity basketball team, said she was worried she wasn’t going to be able to play this year, not because of the injury but because of her ability.
But the wrist injury hasn’t negatively affected her ability to lift. She doesn’t hold the bar any differently.
“The only lift it hurts is clean, so some days I don’t clean,” Stivers said. “It’s a tightness on the sides of m wrist. It’s a constant, intense pain throughout the lift.”