Denver resident wins Highland Games
Eric Frasure has done it again.
The Denver resident and longtime Scottish athletics competitor defended his title in the heavyweight athletics competition at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games on Saturday.
The 29-year-old, who has competed in these types of events since childhood, won four of seven events to reclaim the title for the second straight year.
“I love them all. Every event has its own challenge, and you can always get better,” Frasure said in a press release. “You get really good athletes here. There’s no lack of effort; you have to fight to win.”
Frasure, who got his start in traditional Scottish athletics in Clover, S.C., won the 56-pound weight throw in distance (38-feet, 6-inches) and height (16 feet), finished second in the clachneart, or 16-pound stone toss, won the sheaf toss, finished second in the caber toss, won the 22-pound hammer throw and finished second in the 28-pound weight throw.
A competitor tosses a 20-pound sack of hay as high as he or she can with a pitch fork in the sheaf toss, and they flip a 20-foot, 120-pound telephone pole end-over-end in the caber toss.
Frasure tossed the 16-pound stone 45-feet, 8 1/2-inches, threw the sack of hay 32 feet skyward, threw the 22-pound hammer 110-feet, 4 1/2-inches, and the 28-pound weight 77-feet, 7 1/2 inches.
Frasure began competing in traditional Scottish athletics in 1999, and hasn’t missed a Highland Games competition since he was 12, the press release said. He tried out for the amateur heavyweight competition when he was 14, qualified at 15, and turned professional in 2007.