Benford sets weightlifting record

SLIPPERY ROCK, PA - Garry Benford, who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Slippery Rock University, including a master of science in exercise science and sports medicine in 1979, recently set a new International Powerlifting Association record with a press of 425 pounds, in the 198-pound weight class, for the 60-64 years old division.

In 2009, Benford was inducted into the SRU Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2012 he was named "Outstanding Alumni of the Year."

The Garry Benford Weight Room in Morrow Field House, for varsity athletes, is named in his honor.

The author of "Powerlifting: A Guide for Coaches and Athletes" (1986), Benford served as the meet director for 11 National and two World Powerlifting Championships.

Benford's other honors in powerlifting include the:

• National Masters 198 lb. Powerlifting Champion (1995, 96, 97, 98,99 and 2000)

• National Masters 198 lb. Bench Press Champion (2001, 02)

• World Masters 198 lb. Powerlifting Champion

In 1989, he was inducted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame.