Meagan McKee named overall winner in women’s heavyweight athletics at Highland Games

Last updated on July 13, 2022 4:03 PM

LINVILLE, NC — Meagan McKee finished first in four of seven women’s heavyweight track and field events at the 2022 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, taking first place overall in the competition. McKee previously placed second at those games in 2019.

The Vermont history teacher has been in heavy track for eight years and is the 2019 and 2021 Highland Games world champion.

This year, 14 women competed – a record for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games – in front of an unusually large crowd of spectators last Saturday.

For McKee, sport is synonymous with family and fun. She followed in the footsteps of her father, who was also a professional.

“It’s fun – I like to keep it fun,” she said of what motivates her to participate, aside from being in her blood.

To prepare and train, McKee “lifts and throws three to four times a week.”

McKee won the clachneart, the 14-pound shot put for the distance, the hammer throw and the caber toss events.

Adriane Wilson was this year’s runner-up, winning the 28-pound shot put for the distance and finishing second in three other individual events. Elissa Van Vleck took third place overall.

The women’s elite competition is by invitation only and featured 14 competitors competing against each other in seven different categories: sheaf throw, 28-pound shot put for height, clachneart, 28-pound shot put for distance , 14-pound shot put for distance, hammer throw and caber throw.

The 2022 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games took place July 7-10 at Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows in Linville, North Carolina. To learn more about the Highland Games, visit www.gmhg.org.

The non-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and appreciate the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, visit www.grandfather.com.

Meagan McKee prepares to throw the caber during the 2022 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. She finished first in four of the seven women’s heavy sports events during the games, claiming first place overall in the competition. (Photo courtesy of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation/Skip Sickler)

Adriane Wilson is competing in the 2022 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. She was a runner-up this year in the women’s heavyweight athletics competition, winning the 28-pound shot put for the distance and finishing second in three other individual events. (Photo courtesy of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation/Skip Sickler)

The top three competitors in heavyweight athletics pose at the 2022 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Pictured are winner Meagan McKee (centre), runner-up Adriane Wilson (right) and third-place finisher Elissa Van Vleck (left). (Photo courtesy of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation/Skip Sickler)


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