Sholly, Peterson Claim "Iron Quaker" Awards in Weight Competition

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PHILADELPHIA - On March 11, the University of Pennsylvania football team held its fourth annual "Iron Quaker" competition in the George A. Weiss Weight Room. Defensive linemanJared Sholly earned the distinction as Penn's strongest player, while linemate Jake Peterson won the pound-for-pound title.

Shollyclaimsthe crown from recent graduate Eric Jett, whowon thecompetition last year.Sholly, a native of Clear Lake, Iowa,lifted an even 1,300 lbs., between the bench, clean and squat. Hehad Penn's top bench press at 410 lbs., had a clean lift of 350 and a squat of 540.

Peterson, who won the overall award in 2008, lifted a total of 1,285 lbs., between his bench, squat, and clean lifts, translating to an index pound-for-pound score of 699, the highest of any Quaker. Right behind him were Sholly and David Macknet, who accumulated 685 and 683 points, respectively. Running backs Matt Hamscher and Bradford Blackmon rounded out the top five.

Along with the Iron Quaker award, Peterson received the award for squats for his 565-pound lift. Sholly took the bench title,propelling him to the overall lead,while Macknet's 365 lb. clean lift was tops among Penn players.

Under the direction of Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Jim Steel and assistant coordinator John Keller, the team competes in various lifts-clean, squat and bench press. Awards are given to those who lift the most weight in each category as well as the Iron Quaker award, which is given to the player with the greatest index score--a summation of the player's three lifts multiplied by a constant assigned depending on the player's weight, in order to compensate for size differences.

The "Iron Quaker" was started by the coaching staff in 2007 and is usually the culmination of the off-season conditioning program for the squad.

Penn began their spring season this week, with their first practice held on March 16.