McPherson Highland Games

A lot of new records were set at the McPherson Highland Games and Francis Brebner called the action for IronMind.

2012 McPherson Highland Games
by Francis Brebner

Records galore tumbled at McPherson Highland Games in Kansas, celebrating its nineteenth in succession and attracted vast spectators over its weekend of festivities. A total of just over fifty athletes competed in a total of nine events in perfect weather conditions and on a flat field which witnessed five world records and twenty eight ground records being broken.

The first world record to tumble was by Terri Ventress in the Woman’s 50-plus category in the 28-lb. weight over the bar with a height of 15’ 3”, smashing the previous World record of 15’.

In the Master’s 60-plus, Bill Leffler broke a total of four world records: the 22-lb.  Braemar stone with a distance of 32’ 5”, the 28-lb. weight for distance 57’ 8-½”, 42-lb. weight for distance 36’ 2”, 16-lb. hammer 93’ 1” and the 22-lb. hammer 75’ 3”.

In the A group division, Chad Ullom was on fire from the first event till the last and had a clean sweep setting a total of seven field records out of the nine events.

Co-Athletic Director for the McPherson games Dave Glasgow and his team did an outstanding work to put on a great games and hospitality which brought the best out in all competing in what is now recognized as Kansas most primary leading Highland Games games.


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