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Wesley Chapel's Kamran Joyer throws his power switch on

Wesley Chapel’s Kamran Joyer, a USF football signee, has dropped weight but has increased his overall strength.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times (2008)

Wesley Chapel’s Kamran Joyer, a USF football signee, has dropped weight but has increased his overall strength.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Strength, of course, can be measured in a myriad of ways. But if the gauges were confined to those used at weightlifting and track meets, Wesley Chapel senior Kamran Joyer undoubtedly would be deemed the strongest athlete in Pasco County. A USF football signee, Joyer has spent recent weeks brandishing his brawn and brute power like never before. The 755 total pounds he hoisted (440 bench press, 315 clean and jerk) at a recent weightlifting meet at Sunlake was a county record, and he's an overwhelming favorite to pick up titles in the discus and shot put (he owns school records in both) at today's Sunshine Athletic Conference track and field meet at Wiregrass Ranch. All this while dropping more than 20 pounds — he's down to 295 — in preparation for his first college football season. But enough about the weight Joyer has lost. Here's a look at the weight he has hoisted, heaved and hurled this spring.

Shot put

Joyer's winning effort (58 feet, 4 inches) at last month's Chasco Invitational would easily have won the Class 3A state title last year and is considerably farther than the state's best throw of 2009 (55-10) documented by Flrunners.com. The key for Joyer? "I'd say about 60 percent is technique, maybe more," he said. "The key is stand low, staying back and exploding from the front."

Discus

Joyer's throw of 146 feet, 6 inches (also at the Chasco meet) is a school record, though he acknowledges he's not quite the state title contender in this event as he is in the shot, where he placed seventh in 2008. The 11 top discus throws at last season's 3A meet were farther than Joyer's school mark, though nine of those were done by seniors.

Bench press

Joyer's max of 440 pounds, though 5 shy of the family record held by his brother Hunter, would have placed fourth in the heavyweight class at last year's Class 2A weightlifting meet, where he benched 415. "He works out so much now," Wildcats football/weightlifting coach John Castelamare said. "His regimen, the heavy weights, he's staying strong. That baby fat's off him now." Some heavy self-discipline, in addition to heavy weights, has helped Joyer trim the fat. His stricter diet includes no ice cream, his guiltiest gastronomic pleasure.

Clean and jerk

Joyer's progress in this lift is pivotal in determining how high he places at state. Though Joyer's personal-best 315 effort is a school record, Castelamare said he would like to see Joyer reach 325. Former Hudson star Travis Tindell (335) holds what is believed to be the county mark. "If we can just learn a little better technique on his cleans; I need him to drop a little bit better," Castelamare said. "He can do (325)."

FAST FACTS

Sunshine Athletic Conference

track and field

Where: Wiregrass Ranch

When: Noon, today

Schedule: Noon, field events; 1 p.m., 4x800 relay finals; 3 p.m., running event finals

Wesley Chapel's Kamran Joyer throws his power switch on 04/01/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 10:58pm]
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