Fraley wins Highland games | Stories from Homer
Participants from Alaska and even Hawaii competed in the 2022 Kachemak Bay Highland Games last Saturday and Sunday. Homer’s Zach Fraley and Stephen Byrd were tied in the men’s open category with a combined score of 16 each, where the lower the number the better. Maddie McClain won the women’s open category with a score of 17.5.
In the men’s amateur division, Danny Autrey won with a score of 10. In the men’s lightweight division, Scott Far won with a score of 10.5, in the men’s novice division Karl Olson won with a score of 10 and in the masters division (age 40 and over), Robert Moody won with a score of 10.
In the Women’s Amateur Division, Gabriella Rinehart won with a score of 9. In the Women’s Lightweight Division, NJ Farr won with a score of 12, and in the Women’s Novice Division, Jill Parks won with a score of 12. the women’s masters division, Morgan Ashcraft won with a score of 9. She also set a new Homer and state record with a height of 17 feet in the weight-for-height event.
In the Highland Games, athletes compete in weight-for-distance events such as the Braemar Stone, Light-Heavyweight, and Light-Heavy Hammer. They also compete in weight-for-height events where a weight is thrown over a bar or a sheaf of hay is thrown over a bar using a pitchfork. The highlight of the games is the caber toss, where athletes attempt to flip a large log end to end and land it directly in front of the pitcher at 12 o’clock. Danny Autrey successfully launched the Homer challenge caber, an 18-foot, 11-inch log weighing 110 pounds.
The Kachemak Bay Highland Games also featured Homer-specific games, including barrel toss and halibut toss, a weighted, padded bag that resembles a halibut. Autrey won the halibut throw with a distance of 34 feet 8 inches and Maddie McClain won with a distance of 20 feet 3.5 inches.