Janet Becerril poses with her medals / Source: International Powerlifting Foundation
Janet Becerril squating during her las competition/ Source: International Powerlifting Foundation
Janet Becerril benching at her latest competition / Source: International Powerlifting Foundation
PERRYTON, TX (KFDA) -
Hundreds of Perrtyon residents hosted a pep rally to show support for the town's recent gold medal winner.
17-year-old Janet Becerril recently won four gold medals in the 14 to 18-year-old girls division powerlifting competition in Szczyrk, Poland.
While some of us struggle to carry a gallon of milk Becerril can bench 143 pounds, that's about 17 gallons of milk.
In the IPF 16th Sub-Junior and 34th Junior Powerlifting Championship she set an American record on squat at 292 pounds and bench at 143 pounds, a total of 716 pounds.
All of those were also a personal best for the 4-foot-11, 91 pound Perryton High School senior.
Becerril's coach said she went through rigorous training to get ready for Poland. He said they would be in the weight room together three to four days a week for 2 hours or more.
"I asked a lot of her to lift weights she doesn't normally lift and do a lot of reps with it, and it's what we had to do to get her stronger to be able to compete at the world level," Coach Casey Arruda said. "She came in and gritted her teeth, never complained, and did all the work."
Becerril said training in the summer was a challenge, but the support from her coach, family, friends, and community kept her going.
"It was hard for me to get up in the morning," Becerril said. "Some days I just didn't want to get up and go to practice and it was really hard to get motivated, but that's why I have my family there to motivate me and to get out of bed. I also have my coach to text me like 'you better get out here and get to work.'"
To say Arruda is proud of his student would be an understatement.
"It's amazing, I mean I can't really put it into words to describe how really proud I am," Arruda said. "She's an awesome young lady. With her heart and determination, nobody can lose with that. She's just awesome."
Becerril's coach and family aren't the only ones that motivated her, she said she didn't want to let her community down, and she sure didn't.
"She brought worldwide recognition to her school, city, county, and country," Perryton Mayor Charles Kelly said. "I want to thank Janet for putting Perryton on the map, she did it with the heart of a Perrtyon Ranger."
When she's not powerlifting, Becerril likes to help others. She tutors elementary school students, volunteers at her local food bank, participates in the school's Christmas shoe box operation, and more.
"Janet has won several gold medals for power lifting, but I am always going to remember Janet for her gold heart," Janet's FCCLA Advisor StaceyTanner said.
Becerril wants to thank her community for supporting her throughout her journey.
"I'm really thankful and really proud to be a part of this community," Becerril said. "Just them coming out here to help me celebrate is really awesome."
Becerril will be competing in Orlando next year but said her hopes for powerlifting don't end there, she wants create a powerlifting team at her school and motivate them to win state.
"I just want to win state, so hopefully I can get them working hard and hopefully we'll win state next year," Becerril said.
But her powerlifting career may take a backseat once she graduates high school because Becerril plans on attending college and becoming a physical therapist.
But right now she said she still can't believe she's won the gold.
"I feel like I'm on top of the mountain just because this season has been an endless climb, and I just feel really accomplished," Becerril said.