RALEIGH — Chase Summers was an important part of the North Surry defense during his two varsity seasons with the Greyhounds in 2014 and 2015. His football days may be over, but he’s still competing in sports at a high level.
Summers, the son of Kevin and Kasey Summers of Mount Airy, has moved across the state to Wilmington since his graduation from North in 2016. He currently works at Intracoastal Realty as a real estate broker and also as a Supplement Representative for Muscle Tech Research and Development. He is also a competitive powerlifter who competed in the USPA (United States Powerlifting Association) NC State Championships on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at Crossfit RDU in Raleigh. There were more than 60 competitors in 15 different age divisions taking part in the event.
Summers, competing in the age 18-19 Junior 181-pound Full Junior Raw division, broke the state record in squat with a 451-pound lift. If that wasn’t enough, his deadlift broke the state and national record at 602 pounds. The lift was 3.4 times his body weight of 176 pounds.
Full Junior Raw Power meaning no wraps or compressions are used for all three lifts of squat, bench press and deadlift.
The 602-pound lift is also an unofficial world record. It could not be official due to the fact that two national judges must be onsite, and only one was on location for the state meet.
Coupled with his bench of 275.5 pounds, his 3-lift total also broke the state record with a combined weight of 1,328 pounds, and qualified him for the World Power Lifting Competitions in Las Vegas in November. He won first place for his age and weight class, was second in his overall weight class regardless of age, and was awarded the title of Best Lifter ages 23 and under.
Also competing that day was Ethan Marion, another Mount Airy native. Marion took first place in his weight division and set an unofficial national record in deadlift (479 pounds) for his age and weight in the division of 20-23 year old Junior Classic Raw at 179 pounds.
Marion, the son of Dale Marion and Angela Bryant Surratt, was just sworn into the U.S. Navy on Aug. 10.