Larry Brock turned in another strong performance as he won the 2010 Alaska Highland Games, but it’s not as if Harrison Bailey III and Daniel Kim let the current world champion take the victory without a battle.
Francis Brebner filed this report with IronMind®.
2010 Alaska Highland Games
by Francis Brebner
It was practically a clean sweep for Larry Brock, who won 5 of 8 events this past weekend at the 2010 Alaska Highland Games—but it did not come easy as both Harrison Bailey and Dan McKim pushed the world champion in a very close competition that came down to the last few events.
McKim, the rookie on the block in only his second year as a pro, gave the big guns a run for their money, showing that he is a contender to watch out for in the future in the sport of Highland Games.
The opening event with the 22-lb. Braemar Stone was a close match, with McKim narrowly taking the win over Bailey and Brock with a put of 39’ 4-1/4”. In second place was Bailey with 39’ 1/2” and in third place was Brock with 39’.
In the 22-lb. open stone, McKim kept his winning streak going, knocking out another win with a distance of 45’ 3/4”, with Bailey staying close at 44’ 5-1/4” for second place, and Brock happily in third place with 43’ 8-1/2”.
In the 28-lb. weight for distance, it was Brock’s turn to crank it up a gear. As the world’s number-one ranked weight-for-distance thrower, he did not let us down, bombing out a throw of 86’ 8” for the win and leaving McKim and Bailey to duke it out for second place, with McKim coming out ahead at 81’ 2-1/2” and pushing Bailey into third place with his throw of 80’ 4-1/2”.
The 16-lb. hammer could not have been more spectacular, with three athletes over 130’ and Brock claiming his second victory at a distance of 138’ 1-3/4”; in second place was Bailey with a noble throw of 135’ 4” and in third, McKim with 133’ 9”.
Moving on to the 56-lb. weight for distance, Brock once more showed fantastic form and dominance with his third victory by nearly a full meter at 46’ 1-1/4”; in second place was Bailey at a distance of 43’ 3-3/4” and in third place McKim at 42’.
In the 22-lb. hammer, it was a tight grouping once again between Brock, McKim, and Bailey, with Brock going the winning distance of 111’ 5-1/2”. In second place was McKim, who just fell short of Brock’s mark with 110’ 1”, with Bailey in third place at 107’ 6-1/4”.
Before the last two events, it could not have been any closer between Brock and McKim, with Brock on 10 points and McKim on 12.
In the caber event, which was 19’ 7” and 125-lb., it was a shoot-out between Brock, Bailey and McKim, with all three scoring 12:00 tosses and the win finally going to Brock on countback, with Bailey and McKim in second and third places, respectively.
With only one event remaining in the competition, it all came down to the 56-lb. weight over the bar, with McKim breezing to the win at a height of 16’, leaving Brock, Andrew Hobson and James Parman tied for second place.
|3.||Harrison Bailey, III||20|
|4.||Andrew Hobson, Mark Valenti (tie)||37|