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Caber Toss

A long log is stood upright and hoisted by the competitor who balances it vertically holding the smaller end in his hands (see photo). Then the competitor runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end with the upper (larger) end striking the ground first. The smaller end that was originally held by the athlete then hits the ground in the 12 o’clock position measured relative to the direction of the run. If successful, the athlete is said to have turned the caber. Cabers vary greatly in length, weight, taper, and balance, all of which affect the degree of difficulty in making a successful toss. Competitors are judged on how closely their throws approximate the ideal 12 o’clock toss on an imaginary clock.

Hammer Throw

This event is similar to the hammer throw as seen in modern-day track and field competitions, though with some differences. In the Scottish event, a round metal ball (weighing 16 or 22 lb for men or 12 or 16 lb for women) is attached to the end of a shaft about 4 feet in length and made out of wood, bamboo, rattan, or plastic. With the feet in a fixed position, the hammer is whirled about one’s head and thrown for distance over the shoulder. Hammer throwers sometimes employ specially designed footwear with flat blades to dig into the turf to maintain their balance and resist the centrifugal forces of the implement as it is whirled about the head. This substantially increases the distance attainable in the throw.

Stone Put

This event is similar to the modern-day shot put as seen in the Olympic Games. Instead of a steel shot, a large stone of variable weight is often used. There are also some differences from the Olympic shot put in allowable techniques. There are two versions of the stone toss events, differing in allowable technique. The “Braemar Stone” uses a 20–26 lb stone for men (13–18 lb for women) and does not allow any run up to the toeboard or “trig” to deliver the stone, i.e., it is a standing put. In the “Open Stone” using a 16–22 lb stone for men (or 8–12 lb for women), the thrower is allowed to use any throwing style so long as the stone is put with one hand with the stone resting cradled in the neck until the moment of release. Most athletes in the open stone event use either the “glide” or the “spin” techniques.

Weight for Distance

There are actually two separate events, one using a light (28 lb for men and 14 lb for women) and the other a heavy (56 lb for men, 42 lb for masters men, and 28 lb for women) weight. The weights are made of metal and have a handle attached either directly or by means of a chain. The implement is thrown using one hand only, but otherwise using any technique. Usually a spinning technique is employed. The longest throw wins.

Sheaf Toss

A bundle of straw (the sheaf) weighing 20 pounds (9 kg) for the men and 10 pounds (4.5 kg) for the women and wrapped in a burlap bag is tossed vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar much like that used in pole vaulting. The progression and scoring of this event is similar to the Weight Over The Bar. There is significant debate among athletes as to whether the sheaf toss is in fact an authentic Highland event. Some argue it is actually a country fair event, but all agree that it is a great crowd pleaser.

Weight for Height

The athletes attempt to toss a 56-pound (4-stone) weight with an attached handle over a horizontal bar using only one hand. Each athlete is allowed three attempts at each height. Successful clearance of the height allows the athlete to advance into the next round at a greater height. The competition is determined by the highest successful toss with fewest misses being used to break tie scores.

2016 Highland Games Results

A special thanks to all of our Athletes for putting on a great show!

Women Class Records
Event Holder Year Record
Braemar (18 lb.) Danielle Curry 2016 32′-2″
Open Stone (14 lb.) Adriane Wilson 2013 46′-11″
Open Stone (12 lb.) Danielle Curry 2017 37′-.05″
Heavy Weight for Distance Danielle Curry 2015 49′-2″
Light Weight for Distance Danielle Curry 2015 79′-10″
Heavy Hammer Danielle Curry 2016 80′-5″
Light Hammer Danielle Curry 2016 92′-11″
Sheaf (12 lb.) Danielle Curry 2016 26′-0″
Sheaf (10 lb.) Danielle Curry 2015 25′-0″
Weight for Height Adriane Wilson 2013 18′-0″
Amateur Men Class Records
Event Holder Year Record
Braemar (26 lb.) Shane Sutherland 2011 36′-3″
Braemar (22 lb.) Shane Sutherland 2016 39′-3″
Open Stone (18 lb.) Garrett Blatnik 2017 42′-6″
Open Stone (16 lb.) Wes Kiser 2012 48′-6″
Heavy Weight for Distance Shane Sutherland 2016 40′-1″
Light Weight for Distance Wes Kiser 2012 78′-4″
Heavy Hammer Wes Kiser 2012 95′-3″
Light Hammer Aaron George 2015 112′-8″
Sheaf (20 lb.) Travis Gardner 2014 34′-2″
Sheaf (16 lb.) Wes Kiser 2012 36′-0″
Weight for Height Shane Sutherland 2016 16′-0″
Masters Men Class Records
Event Holder Year Record
Braemar (26 lb.) John Allen 2011 30′-9.5″
Braemar (22 lb.) Marc Bevins 2017 35′-.05″
Open Stone (16 lb.) Randy McClure 2016 44′-0″
Heavy Weight for Distance Kevin Miller 2015 42′-11″
Light Weight for Distance Kevin Miller 2013 62′-10″
Heavy Hammer Marc Bevins 2017 80′-3″
Light Hammer Randy McClure 2014 100′-7″
Sheaf (20 lb.) Randy McClure/Eric Snow 2014 24′-0″
Sheaf (16 lb.) Jeff Crouch 2013 32′-0″
Weight for Height Marc Bevin 2017 19′-0″
Masters Women Class Records
Event Holder Year Record
Open Stone (12 lb.) Libby Weiner 2017 27′-6.5″
Heavy Weight for Distance Terri James 2017 39′-1″
Light Weight for Distance Terri James 2017 52′-0″
Heavy Hammer Libby Weiner 2017 54′-7″
Sheaf (12 lb.) Terri James 2017 19′-0″
Weight for Height Libby Weiner 2017 15′-0″