Powerlifter Dylon Cook Earns Amateur Athlete of the Month Honor for August park
Dylon Cook, a 2016 graduate of Northlake Christian School, has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for August. Monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Cook, who is currently in his first semester at LSU, competing for the school's powerlifting team, won a world championship for sub-juniors in the 120-kilogram division at the 2016 International Powerlifting Federation World Junior/Sub-Junior Powerlifting Championships held in Szczyrk, Poland from August 29-September 3. The event, which had participants from 17 countries, featured the best Juniors and Sub-Juniors (based on age) in the world.
The 18-year old Cook won the world championship after setting a world record in the squat at 365.5 kilograms (805 pounds). He also won a Silver Medal in the bench press with a mark of 210 kilograms (463 pounds). Adding in his deadlift of 286 kilograms (631 pounds) gave him a three-event total of 860.5 kilograms (1,896 pounds), the highest total regardless of weight class for sub-juniors.
During the 2015-16 school year, Cook broke his own state powerlifting record and set two national records. He was the 242-pound Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division IV State Champion with a total weight of 1,870 pounds, which was also tops among all state divisions. His squat of 800 pounds was the all-time record for Louisiana, regardless of eight class. He went on to compete at the 2016 USAPL High School National Championship in Orlando, Fla., and became Northlake Christian's first national champion by setting American records for his weight class in the squat (360 kg, 794 pounds) and the deadlift (305 kg, 672 pounds).
He won the honor over Xavier University volleyball standout Juliana Tomasoni. A product of Brazil, Tomasoni tallied 103 kills, 129 digs, seven blocks, seven aces and 14 assists in 10 matches for the Gold Nuggets. She tallied 25 kills against No. 20 Evangel to break the school record and earn Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Attacker of the Week honors. Tomasoni is the first XULA player since 2013 to reach 100 kills and 100 digs in the first 10 matches.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible. Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.