Highland Games set new field records

  • Matthew Patterson cheers as he flips the International Brotherhood of Electrical Works Local 1547 challenge caber — the first athlete in the history of the Kachemak Bay Celtic Club Highland Games to do so.
  • Teddy Krogh of Fairbanks leads a group of bagpipers during the gathering of the clans.-Photo by Michael Armstrong
  • Travis Ogden competes in the weight-for-height event at the Kachemak Bay Celtic Club Scottish Highland Games last Saturday as judge Perren Baker of Nampa, Idaho, watches. Ogden, a member of Kachemak Emergency Services, was one of several local volunteer firefighters and medics competing.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
  • Max Sadtler tosses the sheaf as other athletes watch at the Kachemak Bay Celtic Club Scottish Highland Games last Saturday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong

Athletes at the seventh annual Kachemak Bay Celtic Club Scottish Highland Games set new field records last Saturday at Karen Hornaday Park. In a first for the games, Matthew Patterson of Fort Wainwright successfully threw the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547 Challenge Caber. On his second try, Patterson flipped the 110-pound, 18-foot, 11-inches log, something that has never been done in the history of the challenge caber.

Patterson also set a new field record of 66-feet, 9-inches in the 28-pound weight-for-distance throw. Tim Dommek also set a record of 86-feet, 3.5 inches in the hammer throw. Patterson won the amateur men’s division with Dommek second.

The Highland Games were part of CelticFest, a two-day celebration of Celtic culture that began on Friday with an outdoor concert by Celtic-rock group Tempest. The weekend also included a gathering of the clans.

Twenty athletes, including a field of five women, competed in events like the weight-for-height throw, sheaf toss, hammer throw, Braemar stone throw and the caber toss. Athletes also participated in unique-to-Homer events like the halibut throw and the golf bag throw. The games also featured the Kilted Mile. The first-place winners are:

• Amateur men, light: Nelson Alger

• Amateur men: Matthew Patterson

• Amateur men, novice: William Deaver

• Amateur women: Jeni McDaniel

• Masters men: Max Sadtler

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