Glengarry Highland Games, July 29-30
Among the highlights from the heavyweights events at this year’s Games, two Canadian records were set in the women’s division.
Susie Lajoie, who hails from Victoria, B.C., set a new mark in the 12 lb. hammer, while Heather Boundy, from the Haliburton Highlands area, established a national record in the 10 lb. sheaf, with a 27 ft. 6 in. toss over the bar.
Lajoie won the overall women’s title, with Boundy second and perennial champ Josee Morneau, of Winnipeg, in third place.
In individual events, Morneau placed first in the 28 lb. weight for distance, with a throw of 37 ft. 4 in.
Athletes with county roots competing in this division included Alexandria Lisa MacDonald (9th place) and Laura Reusser (6th), formerly of Martintown).
The lone Glengarrian in the men’s pro class was Jason Baines of Dalkeith, who placed fifth overall, with 52.5 points. He had second-place results in the two hammer events, achieving throws of 106 ft. 11 in (22 lb) and 133 ft. 2 in. (16 lb.).
The champion this year, out of 11 athletes, was Nova Scotia’s Matthew Doherty, with 79 points. He won six of the eight events.
Rob Young, from Calgary, won the caber competition and was second overall (71 points). New York’s Dave Barron placed third.
The sheaf toss winner was Josh Goldthorp (34 ft.).
Apple Hill’s Ron Graham carried the county’s banner in the master heavyweights class, finishing in ninth place. His best result came in the stone throw, where he achieved a 32 ft. 6.5 in. effort for fifth amongst the 11 athletes.
Dirk Bishop, who hails from New Brunswick, won the overall title with 71.5 points. He also won the 28 lb. weight for distance (68 ft. 9 in.) and the 16 lb. hammer (113 ft. 4.5 in.) events and tied for tops in the sheaf (30 ft.). He was second in three other events and third in one.
Berle Conrad, from the London area, won the 56 lb. weight for distance (49 ft. 5 in.) and the 42 lb. weight for height (18 ft.). He also tied in the sheaf with Bishop and placed second overall.
Prince Edward County’s Padraic Moore won the amateur championship. He also was first in every event, amassing 96 points in the process.
Metcalfe’s Dale MacDonald placed second (76 points), followed by Steve Van den Oetelaar of Alexandria (74), Alma’s Jamie Trask (73), New Brunswick’s Scott Bishop (68), Lyndon MacNaughton of Kirk Hill (52.5), Alexandria’s Adam Hurtubise (50.5), Travis Austin of Maxville (39), Jason McLinton of Ottawa ( 31.5), Alexandria’s Rory Cameron in his first- ever competition ( 24.5), Wayne Smith of Haliburton (21.5), and Alma’s Jesse Trask (15.5).
The intermediate ( teen) heavyweights, which serve as a development program, marked seven years under the auspices of convenor Lyndon MacNaughton (who says he’s handing the baton to Lisa MacDonald for next year).
The outgoing organizer expressed his thanks to Lee MacKinnon for judging the competition and providing earlier training sessions. MacNaughton also thanked helpers Sara MacGillivray, Derick Howes, Amanda MacNaughton, and Big Al (MacMillan), and to sponsor B.L. MacNaughton Trucking.