SCOTTISH HEAVY ATHLETICS

The tradition of the athletic competition goes back to the days when rival clans or kings would meet. Some believe competitions were organized to keep down the brawling and “street fighting”, to impress one’s rivals with displays of strength and skill and to gain honor and prestige. Others believe that they are the tests that were required of squires and other recruits before they were tested in battle.

The games came to America with the immigrants, but today the competition is between individuals and not clans. Many of the various athletic strength and skill requirements are the same as those that were required to successfully win a battle against a fortified position, whether it was a Roman night camp or a walled city.

In modern times, the weights became standardized and will vary depending on which class and event that the athlete competes in. Below is a description of the different events that you will see at our competition.

The Phoenix Scottish Games/ Heavy Athletic Competition is the first stop for the IHGF (International Highland Games Federation) qualifying. The amateur men and, this year for the first time, the amateur women competitors will  be eligible to qualify. There are 8 to 10 Scottish/ Highland Games around the world where competitors qualify. They will meet and crown champions at the end of the season.

 


GAMES SCHEDULE     ATHLETES REGISTRATION  


 

Caber Toss

The tossing of the caber (pole, rafter or tree) is probably the most famous of the Scottish athletic events. One of the most traditional – dating from the 16th century – it may have begun as a method to breach fortifications and barriers. It is definitely one of the most spectacular events – measuring strength, balance, timing and accuracy. The caber is thrown for accuracy as if the thrower is facing the 12:00 position on a clock face. The caber must pass through 90 degrees and fall away from the athlete to be considered a turn.

 

Hammer Throw

The original hammer used in Scotland was that used by the men in quarries mining granite. In America, initially it was the heavy, long-handled blacksmith’s hammer.

Today the hammerhead is round and made of metal. The handle is made of cane (or PVC pipe) with an overall length of 50”. This event inspired the Olympic hammer.

Stone Throw

The Braemar Stone Put has an ancient and easy to identify history. It was common practice for early Highland Chieftains to have a large stone outside their gatepost and challenges of strength and endurance were easily made to a visiting clan and its “heavy” warriors. There is also an open stone event that allows movement in the throwing area similar to the Olympic shot put.

Stone Carry

A competition of strength, the athlete lifts a very heavy stone (frequently 200lbs or more) and carries it as far as they can. The competition evolved from a rite of passage for young men in Scotland to show their strength.

 

 

Weight for Distance/ Weight Throw

A ring or D handle is attached to the weight by a chain for an overall length of 18”. The weight is thrown one-handed from behind a trig with a 9’ run-up allowed. Athletes are allowed three attempts. Any style may be used, with the most efficient being to spin like a discus thrower

Weight Over Bar

The objective is to toss the weight up and over a cross bar. The weight has a ring handle attached so that, using only one hand, the weight may be swung between the knees and tossed over the bar.

The weight may also be thrown using a spin technique if allowed by the Athletic Director. Three attempts are allowed at each height. If there are three misses at a height, the competitor is out of the competition.

Sheaf Toss

The sheaf is a burlap bag stuffed with rope, straw, or mulch. It is tossed over a cross bar with a pitch fork. Three and two tined forks are allowed for the competition. Three attempts are allowed at each height. If there are three misses at a height, the competitor is out of the competition.

Here are the results from the 2019 Phoenix Scottish Games
FIELD RECORDS
   EVENT  WEIGHT                   NAME            DISTANCE   YEAR   NOTES
                MEN’S A
BRAEMAR 22 Eli Kiener 41′ 7″ 2017
OPEN 16 Eli Kiener 47′ 10″ 2017
HWD 56 Luke Crowley 41′ 5.5″ 2014
LWD 28 Jon O’Neil 84′ 2.5″ 2012
HH 22 Luke Crowley 103′ 3″ 2014
LH 16 Damien Fisher 125′ 6.5″ 2016
SHEAF 20 Sean Burns 32′ 6″ 2019
WOB 56 Jon O’Neil 16′ 1″ 2012
                MEN’S B
BRAEMAR 22 Zach Hernandez 36′ 9.25″ 2018
OPEN 16 Zach Hernandez 44′ 9.5″ 2018
HWD 56 Kegan Dillon 29′ 10″ 2015
LWD 28 Matthew Steele 63′ 2″ 2014
HH 22 Andy Wooster 84′ 1″ 2016
LH 16 Andy Wooster 107′ 3″ 2016
SHEAF 20 Matthew Steele 22′ 2014
WOB 56 Kaleb Barter 14′ 2017
                MEN’S C
BRAEMAR 22 Thomas Carter 29′ 2018
OPEN 16 Richard MacAndrew 35′ 9.5″ 2016
HWD 56 John Brown 30′ 3″ 2012
LWD 28 John Brown 59′ 4″ 2012
HH 22 Jose McKinney 71′ 7″ 2012
LH 16 Jose McKinney 98′ 9.5″ 2012
SHEAF 16 Jeffery Hamilton 19′ 2015
SHEAF 20 Carter Benton 18′ 2018
WOB 56 John Brown 13′ 6″ 2012
         MEN’S LW < 200
BRAEMAR 22 Peter Doyle 37′ 1″ 2019
OPEN 16 Peter Doyle 45′ 8″ 2019
HWD 42 Peter Doyle 48′ 3.5″ 2019
LWD 28 Karl Gehrke 64′ 2″ 2019
HH 22 Karl Gehrke 87′ 3″ 2019
LH 16 Peter Doyle 115′ 6″ 2019
SHEAF 16 Peter Doyle 28′ 6″ 2019
WOB 42 Peter Doyle 19′ 1″ 2019 WORLD RECORD
FIELD RECORDS
   EVENT  WEIGHT                   NAME            DISTANCE   YEAR   NOTES
    MASTER MEN 40-49
BRAEMAR 22 Matt McCorkle 33′ 8″ 2016
OPEN 16 Norman Rugh 39′ 5.25″ 2018
HWD 42 Shawn Baker 46′ 8″ 2011
LWD 28 Sean Langford 66′ 10″ 2014
HH 22 Brian Austin 87′ 9.75″ 2013
LH 16 Sean Langford 107′ 10″ 2014
SHEAF 16 Brian Austin 31′ 2013
WOB 42 Shawn Baker 18′ 2011
    MASTER MEN 50-59
BRAEMAR 22 Tom Slattery 29′ 3.75 2017
OPEN 16 Tom Slattery 34′ 9″ 2017
HWD 42 Brent Abbott 42′ 3.25″ 2017
LWD 28 Brent Abbott 62′ 7″ 2014
HH 22 Brent Abbott 83′ 5.5″ 2016
LH 16 Brent Abbott 103′ 3.25″ 2017
SHEAF 16 Brent Abbott 30′ 2014
WOB 42 Richard Campbell 16′ 2013
     MASTER MEN 60-69
BRAEMAR 22 Larry Sisseck 25′ 3.75″ 2015
OPEN 16 Larry Sisseck 30′ 7.5″ 2016
HWD 42 Larry Sisseck 29′ 5″ 2014
LWD 28 Larry Sisseck 46′ 2014
HH 22 Al Stagner 65′ 2″ 2017
LH 16 Al Stagner 79′ 7″ 2015
SHEAF 16 John Waugh 25′ 1″ 2013
WOB 42 Al Stagner 13′ 2017
      MASTER MEN 70+
BRAEMAR 22 John Waugh 21′ 1.5″ 2016
OPEN 16 John Waugh 26′ 2″ 2016
HWD 42 John Waugh 19′ 2″ 2016
LWD 28 John Waugh 31′ 3″ 2016
HH 22 John Waugh 50′ 3.5″ 2016
LH 16 John Waugh 66′ 1″ 2017
SHEAF 16 John Waugh 21′ 2016
WOB 42 John Waugh 11′ 2017
FIELD RECORDS
   EVENT  WEIGHT                   NAME            DISTANCE   YEAR   NOTES
     WOMEN’S A
BRAEMAR 14 Chelsea Forsythe 27′ 9.5″ 2015
BRAEMAR 13 Christena Georgas-Burns 31′ 3″ 2019
    OPEN 9 Christena Georgas-Burns 38′ 10″ 2019
     HWD 28 Heather MacDonald 40′ 4.25″ 2018
     LWD 14 Kadie McNamara 71′ 8″ 2018
       HH 16 Felicia Baker 83′ 0″ 2019
       LH 12 Felicia Baker 105′ 3″ 2019
   SHEAF 12 Chelsea Forsythe 19′ 2015
SHEAF 10 Felicia Baker 23″ 2019
    WOB 28 Heather MacDonald 16′ 2018
WOMEN’S OPEN
BRAEMAR 13 Susan Burris 19′ 2.5″ 2019
    OPEN 9 Susan Burris 24′ .5″ 2019
     HWD 28 Rachel Pulido 24′ 4″ 2019
     LWD 14 Debra Danley 45′ 7″ 2019
       HH 16 Amaris Saldate 49′ 10.5″ 2019
       LH 12 Amaris Saldate 59′ .25″ 2019
   SHEAF 10 Rachel Pulido 12′ 6″ 2019
    WOB 28 Amaris Saldate 15′ 6″ 2019
WOMEN’S B
BRAEMAR 14 Kimberly O’Neill 22′ 8″ 2017
BRAEMAR 13 Annie Singer 20′ 6.25″ 2018
    OPEN 9 Kimberly O’Neill 29′ 4.5″ 2017
     HWD 28 Kimberly O’Neill 24′ 5″  2017
     LWD 14 Kimberly O’Neill 48′ 11″ 2017
       HH 16 Kimberly O’Neill 47′ 7″ 2017
       LH 12 Kimberly O’Neill 62′ .5″ 2017
   SHEAF 10 Annie Singer 21′ 6″ 2018
    WOB 28 Kimberly O’Neill 11′ 2017
WOMEN’S C
BRAEMAR 14 Meghan Rohde 24′ 3″ 2017
BRAEMAR 13 Rose MacDonald 18′ 9.25″ 2018
    OPEN 9 Meghan Rohde 31′ 8″ 2017
     HWD 28 Cristine Holtgrewe 25′ 2017
     LWD 14 Cristine Holtgrewe 51′ 4″ 2017
       HH 16 Cristine Holtgrewe 46′ 11″ 2017
       LH 12 Rose MacDonald 60′ .25″ 2018
   SHEAF 10 Cristine Holtgrewe 20′ 2017
    WOB 28 Annie Singer 13′ 2017
FIELD RECORDS
    EVENT WEIGHT                    NAME         DISTANCE  YEAR NOTES
     WOMEN’S LW < 150
BRAEMAR 13 Mikaela Sullivan 30′ 5″  2019
OPEN 9 Mikaela Sullivan 39′ 2.5″ 2019
HWD 21 Jarvina Routt 50′ 2.5″ 2019
LWD 14 Mikaela Sullivan 69′ 2.75″ 2019
HH 16 Mikaela Sullivan 71′ 6.25 2019 WORLD RECORD
LH 12 Mikaela Sullivan 93′ 6.5″ 2019 WORLD RECORD
SHEAF 10 Jarvina Routt 25′ 2019
WOB 21 Jarvina Routt 17′ 6″ 2019
 MASTER WOMEN 40-49
BRAEMAR 13 Mona Malec 26′ 2015
OPEN 9 Mona Malec 33′ 2016
HWD 21 Mona Malec 50′ 5″ 2016
LWD 14 Mona Malec 64′ 10″        2015
HH 16 Mona Malec 70′ 3″ 2015
LH 12 Mona Malec 87′ 8.5″    2015
SHEAF 10 Mona Malec 21′ 2016
WOB 21 Mona Malec 19′ 6″    2015
    MASTER WOMEN 50+
BRAEMAR 13 Teresa Nystrom 28′ 9″ 2017
OPEN 9 Teresa Nystrom 34′ 9″ 2017
HWD 21 Mona Malec 40′ 9.75″  2018
LWD 14 Mona Malec 65′ 4″ 2019
HH 16 Mona Malec 67′ 7.75″ 2018
LH 12 Mona Malec 81′ 6.25″ 2019
SHEAF 10 Teresa Nystrom 23′ 2017
WOB 21 Mona Malec 18′  2018
MASTER WOMEN 60+
BRAEMAR 13 Michelle Crownhart 18′ 11″ 2018
OPEN 9 Michelle Crownhart 22′ 5″ 2018
HWD 21 Michelle Crownhart 30′ 2″ 2018
LWD 14 Michelle Crownhart 40′ 7.5″ 2018
HH 16 Michelle Crownhart 47′ 9″ 2018
LH 12 Michelle Crownhart 61′ 4.75″  2018
SHEAF 10 Michelle Crownhart 13′ 2018
WOB 21 Michelle Crownhart 13′ 2018
FIELD RECORDS
    EVENT WEIGHT                    NAME         DISTANCE  YEAR NOTES
MASTER WOMEN 70+
BRAEMAR 13 Sarah Stephenson 16′ 5.25″  2018
    OPEN 9 Sarah Stephenson 16′ 5.5″ 2019 WORLD RECORD
     HWD 21 Sarah Stephenson 13′ 9.75″  2018
     LWD 14 Sarah Stephenson 21′ 9″  2018
       HH 16 Sarah Stephenson 25′ 6″  2018
       LH 12 Sarah Stephenson 30′ 7.5″  2018
    SHEAF 10 Sarah Stephenson 11′ 2019
     WOB 21 Sarah Stephenson 8′ 6″  2018
Click below for the link to the results
Phoenix Scottish Games Results Athletic Competition 2019

Below are Field Records from both Women and Men
2018

(Note that under the Women’s Masters 60+ all of the Field Records are held by our Athletic Director Michelle Crownhart – Including one World Record)

 

 EVENT WEIGHT                  NAME DISTANCE YEAR NOTES
WOMEN’S 
Open A N/A
BRAEMAR 14 Chelsea Forsythe 27′ 9.5″ 2015
BRAEMAR 13 Christena Georgas 28′ 11″ 2017
OPEN 9 Chelsea Forsythe 38′ 7″ 2015
HWD 28 Heather MacDonald 40′ 4.25″ 2018
LWD 14 Kadie McNamara 71′ 8″ 2018
HH 16 Heather MacDonald 73′ 10.25″ 2018
LH 12 Heather MacDonald 89′ 11.25″ 2018
SHEAF 12 Chelsea Forsythe 19′ 2015
SHEAF 10 Heather MacDonald 22′ 2017
WOB 28 Heather MacDonald 16′ 2018
WOMEN’S B
BRAEMAR 14 Kimberly O’Neill 22′ 8″ 2017
BRAEMAR 13 Annie Singer 20′ 6.25″ 2018
OPEN 9 Kimberly O’Neill 29′ 4.5″ 2017
HWD 28 Kimberly O’Neill 24′ 5″ 2017
LWD 14 Kimberly O’Neill 48′ 11″ 2017
HH 16 Kimberly O’Neill 47′ 7″ 2017
LH 12 Kimberly O’Neill 62′ .5″ 2017
SHEAF 10 Annie Singer 21′ 6″ 2018
WOB 28 Kimberly O’Neill 11′ 2017
WOMEN’S C
BRAEMAR 14 Meghan Rohde 24′ 3″ 2017
BRAEMAR 13 Rose MacDonald 18′ 9.25″ 2018
OPEN 9 Meghan Rohde 31′ 8″ 2017
HWD 28 Cristine Holtgrewe 25′ 2017
LWD 14 Cristine Holtgrewe 51′ 4″ 2017
HH 16 Cristine Holtgrewe 46′ 11″ 2017
LH 12 Rose MacDonald 60′ .25″ 2018
SHEAF 10 Cristine Holtgrewe 20′ 2017
WOB 28 Annie Singer 13′ 2017
       WOMEN’S LW     <150
BRAEMAR 13 Annikki Chamberlain 24′ 8″ 2018
OPEN 9 Annikki Chamberlain 31′ 6.75″ 2016
HWD 21 Annikki Chamberlain 38′ 10.5 2017
LWD 14 Annikki Chamberlain 61′ 3″ 2017
HH 16 Annikki Chamberlain 57′ 6.75 2017
LH 12 Annikki Chamberlain 76′ 6.75″ 2017
SHEAF 10 Denise Ryan 19′ 2016
WOB 21 Rachel Smith 15′ 6″ 2018
MASTER WOMEN 40-49
BRAEMAR 13 Mona Malec 26′ 2015
OPEN 9 Mona Malec 33′ 2016
HWD 21 Mona Malec 50′ 5″ 2016
LWD 14 Mona Malec 64′ 10″        2015 World Record
HH 16 Mona Malec 70′ 3″ 2015
LH 12 Mona Malec 87′ 8.5″    2015 World Record
SHEAF 10 Mona Malec 21′ 2016
WOB 21 Mona Malec 19′ 6″    2015 World Record
   MASTER WOMEN 50+
BRAEMAR 13 Teresa Nystrom 28′ 9″ 2017
OPEN 9 Teresa Nystrom 34′ 9″ 2017
HWD 21 Mona Malec 40′ 9.75″ 2018
LWD 14 Mona Malec 65′ 2″ 2018 World Record
HH 16 Mona Malec 67′ 7.75″ 2018
LH 12 Mona Malec 79′ 6.25″ 2018
SHEAF 10 Teresa Nystrom 23′ 2017
WOB 21 Mona Malec 18′ 2018 World Record
MASTER WOMEN 60+
BRAEMAR 13 Michelle Crownhart 18′ 11″ 2018
OPEN 9 Michelle Crownhart 22′ 5″ 2018
HWD 21 Michelle Crownhart 30′ 2″ 2018
LWD 14 Michelle Crownhart 40′ 7.5″ 2018
HH 16 Michelle Crownhart 47′ 9″ 2018
LH 12 Michelle Crownhart 61′ 4.75″ 2018 World Record
SHEAF 10 Michelle Crownhart 13′ 2018
WOB 21 Michelle Crownhart 13′ 2018
MASTER WOMEN 70+
BRAEMAR 13 Sarah Stephenson 16′ 5.25″ 2018 World Record
OPEN 9 Sarah Stephenson 15′ 10″ 2018 World Record
HWD 21 Sarah Stephenson 13′ 9.75″ 2018 World Record
LWD 14 Sarah Stephenson 21′ 9″ 2018 World Record
HH 16 Sarah Stephenson 25′ 6″ 2018 World Record
LH 12 Sarah Stephenson 30′ 7.5″ 2018 World Record
SHEAF 10 Sarah Stephenson 10′ 1″ 2018 World Record
WOB 21 Sarah Stephenson 8′ 6″ 2018 World Record
 

 

   EVENT WEIGHT                  NAME DISTANCE YEAR
               MEN’S A
BRAEMAR 22 Eli Kiener 41′ 7″ 2017
OPEN 16 Eli Kiener 47′ 10″ 2017
HWD 56 Luke Crowley 41′ 5.5″ 2014
LWD 28 Jon O’Neil 84′ 2.5″ 2012
HH 22 Luke Crowley 103′ 3″ 2014
LH 16 Damien Fisher 125′ 6.5″ 2016
SHEAF 20 Duncan McCallum 30′ 2014
WOB 56 Jon O’Neil 16′ 1″ 2012
               MEN’S B
BRAEMAR 22 Zach Hernandez 36′ 9.25″ 2018
OPEN 16 Zach Hernandez 44′ 9.5″ 2018
HWD 56 Kegan Dillon 29′ 10″ 2015
LWD 28 Matthew Steele 63′ 2″ 2014
HH 22 Andy Wooster 84′ 1″ 2016
LH 16 Andy Wooster 107′ 3″ 2016
SHEAF 20 Matthew Steele 22′ 2014
WOB 56 Kaleb Barter 14′ 2017
               MEN’S C
BRAEMAR 22 Thomas Carter 29′ 2018
OPEN 16 Richard MacAndrew 35′ 9.5″ 2016
HWD 56 John Brown 30′ 3″ 2012
LWD 28 John Brown 59′ 4″ 2012
HH 22 Jose McKinney 71′ 7″ 2012
LH 16 Jose McKinney 98′ 9.5″ 2012
SHEAF 16 Jeffery Hamilton 19′ 2015
SHEAF 20
WOB 56 John Brown 13′ 6″ 2012
         MEN’S LW  <200
BRAEMAR 22 Karl Gekrke 34′ 3″ 2018
OPEN 16 Karl Gekrke 44′ 1.75″ 2018
HWD 42 Karl Gekrke 45′ .5″ 2018
LWD 28 Jacob Nichol 63′ 3″ 2015
HH 22 Karl Gekrke 82′ 11.25″ 2018
LH 16 Karl Gekrke 104′ 11″ 2018
SHEAF 16 Karl Gekrke 28′ 2018
WOB 42 Karl Gekrke 17′ 6″ 2018
   MASTER MEN 40-49
BRAEMAR 22 Matt McCorkle 33′ 8″ 2016
OPEN 16 Norman Rugh 39′ 5.25″ 2018
HWD 42 Shawn Baker 46′ 8″ 2011
LWD 28 Sean Langford 66′ 10″ 2014
HH 22 Brian Austin 87′ 9.75″ 2013
LH 16 Sean Langford 107′ 10″ 2014
SHEAF 16 Brian Austin 31′ 2013
WOB 42 Shawn Baker 18′ 2011
   MASTER MEN 50-59
BRAEMAR 22 Tom Slattery 29′ 3.75 2017
OPEN 16 Tom Slattery 34′ 9″ 2017
HWD 42 Brent Abbott 42′ 3.25″ 2017
LWD 28 Brent Abbott 62′ 7″ 2014
HH 22 Brent Abbott 83′ 5.5″ 2016
LH 16 Brent Abbott 103′ 3.25″ 2017
SHEAF 16 Brent Abbott 30′ 2014
WOB 42 Richard Campbell 16′ 2013
     MASTER MEN 60-69
BRAEMAR 22 Larry Sisseck 25′ 3.75″ 2015
OPEN 16 Larry Sisseck 30′ 7.5″ 2016
HWD 42 Larry Sisseck 29′ 5″ 2014
LWD 28 Larry Sisseck 46′ 2014
HH 22 Al Stagner 65′ 2″ 2017
LH 16 Al Stagner 79′ 7″ 2015
SHEAF 16 John Waugh 25′ 1″ 2013
WOB 42 Al Stagner 13′ 2017
     MASTER MEN 70+
BRAEMAR 22 John Waugh 21′ 1.5″ 2016
OPEN 16 John Waugh 26′ 2″ 2016
HWD 42 John Waugh 19′ 2″ 2016
LWD 28 John Waugh 31′ 3″ 2016
HH 22 John Waugh 50′ 3.5″ 2016
LH 16 John Waugh 66′ 1″ 2017
SHEAF 16 John Waugh 21′ 2016
WOB 42 John Waugh 11′ 2017
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