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Highland Games Records

Master's records are available on the Scottish Masters Athletics web site.

See also: records progression list and the rules for verifying a record.

Open Stone (light)
World, North American, US, Amateur Nick Kahanic 63' 3.75" (16 lbs) Amherst, NY 2013
World, North American, US Brian Oldfield 63' 1" (17 lbs) Campbell, CA 1979
Canadian Tim Hendry 57' 10" (17 lbs) Uxbridge, Ontario 2011
Amateur Dennis DeSoto 58' 2.5" (17 lbs) Fresno, CA 1991
Lightweight
(under 190 lbs)
Jacob Nicol 48' 3/4" (16 lbs) Las Vegas, NV 2012
Women's World, US Connie Price-Smith 55' 9.5" (9 lbs) Las Vegas, NV 1998
Women's Canadian Josee Morneau38' 5" (8 lbs) Fergus, ON 2012
Open Stone (heavy)
World, North American, US Paul Ferency 53' 7" (20 lbs) Litchfield, CT 1985
World, North American, US Brian Oldfield 46' 5" (25 lbs) Fergus, ON 1979
Canadian Matt Doherty 49' 10" (20 lbs) Ft. Edmonton, AB 2008
Women's World, US Shannon Hartnett 44' 2" (14 lbs) Callander, Scotland 2000
Standing (Braemar) Stone
World Geoff Capes 57' 0" (20 lbs) not listed 1981
Amateur Andy Vincent 46' 2" (22 lbs) Austin, TX 2011
North American, US Jon O'Neil 47' 0" (22 lbs) Phoeniz, AZ 2013
North American, US, Amateur John Davis 47' 5.5" (21 lbs) Long Beach, CA 2003
World Petur Guðmundsson 50' 6" (22 lbs) Fredericksburg, VA 1997
World Petur Guðmundsson 40' 11" (28 lbs) Fredericksburg, VA 2000
World Petur Guðmundsson 38' 2.75" (30 lbs) Estes Park, CO 2000
Canadian Darius Slowik 40' 10" (23lbs) Winnipeg, MB 2005
Canadian Dan Markovic 39' 2" (25 lbs) Fergus, ON 1985
Lightweight Jacob Nicol 36' 5" (22 lbs)
Las Vegas, NV 2012
Women's World, US Connie Price-Smith 45' 6" (13.68 lbs) Las Vegas, NV 1998
Women's Canadian Laura Reusser27' 11" (12 lbs) Okotoke, Alberta 2012
Shot - 16lb
Scottish Games Association (SGA) Geoff Capes 65' 3" not listed 1982
Shot - 22lb
SGA Geoff Capes 53' 4" not listed 1982
Heavy Weight (Men: 56 lbs; Lightweight Men: 42 lbs; Women: 28 lbs)
World, North American, US Eric Frasure 49' 10" Portland, OR 2008
Canadian Jason Johnston 46' 9" Calgary, Alberta 2012
Amateur Eric Frasure 49' 8" Huntersville, NC 2005
Lightweight Isaac Burchett 48' 8"
Warrensburg, MO 2006
Women's World, US Adriane Blewitt 53' 4" Phoenix, AZ 2012
Women's Canadian Alex Norman-Ross41' 10'' Edmonton, Alberta 2012
SGA Francis Brebner 47' 5" Scotland 1996
Light Weight (Men: 28 lbs; Women: 14 lbs)
World, SGA Gregor Edmunds 95' 10" Markinch, Scotland 2011
North American, US Matt Vincent 94' 2" Albuquerque, NM 2012
Canadian Harry MacDonald 91' 3" Haliburton, ON 1996
Amateur Eric Frasure 91' 9" Anne Arundel, MD 2006
Amateur (SAF rules, two-handed) Chris Black 90' 10.5" Meadowbank, Scotland 1976
Lightweight Mark Howe 75' 0"
Tulsa, OK 1999
Women's World, US Kate Burton 91' 0.75" Portland, OR 2012
Women's Canadian Alex Norman-Ross72' 9" Okotoke, Alberta 2012
Heavy Hammer (Men: 22 lbs; Women: 16 lbs)
World, SGA Matt Sandford 129' 10.5" Halkirk, Scotland 1998
North American, US Daniel McKim 125' 1" Estes Park, Colorado 2012
Canadian Matt Doherty119' 10.5" Cape Breton, Nova Scotia 2012
Amateur Eric Frasure 124' 7.5" Anne Arundel, MD 2006
Lightweight Nathan Burchett98' 2.5" St. Louis, MO 2005
Women's World Valerie Adams 99' 1" Waipu, New Zealand 2003
Women's US Andrea Montague 98' 10" Mesa, AZ 2009
Women's Canadian Susie Lajoie73' 8" Calgary, Alberta 2012
Light Hammer (Men: 16 lbs; Women: 12 lbs)
World, SGA Bruce Aitken 156' 8.5" Aboyne, Scotland 2000
North American, US Daniel McKim 152' 5" Albuquerque, NM 2012
Canadian Matt Doherty146' 2" Truro, Nova Scotia 2005
Amateur Nathan Burchett 145' 4" Kirksville, MO 2011
Lightweight Nathan Burchett 120' 1"
Kirksville, MO 2006
Women's World, US Shannon Hartnett 120' 1" Fresno, CA 1998
Women's Canadian Susie Lajoie92' 11.5" Antigonish, Nova Scotia 2011
Weight for Height (Men: 56 lbs; Lightweight Men: 42 lbs; Women: 28 lbs)
World, North American, US Mike Zolkiewicz19' 1" (stand) Richmond, RI 2013
World, North American, US Dan Williams20' 3" (spin) Lehi, UT 2011
Canadian (Stand only) Doug MacDonald 17' 6" Maxville, ON 2003
Amateur Eric Frasure19' 0" (spin) Chicago, IL 2006
Amateur Andy Vincent 18' 0" (stand) Austin, TX 2011
Lightweight Jeff Thornton 18' 3" (spin)
Davenport, IA 2012
Lightweight Coleman Ballard 17' 4" (stand)
Springfield, IL 2010
Women's World, US Kristy Scott20' 0" (stand) Enumclaw, WA 2013
Women's Canadian (Stand only) Heather Boundy15' 0" Georgetown, Ontario 2013
SGA Kyrill Chuprinine 17' 1.5" Scotland 2005
Weight for Height: Masters Men, 56lbs
(Not tracked by ScottishMasters.org)
40+ Don Stewart17' 0" Syracuse, NY 1999
40+ Kearney Smith17' 0" Red Springs, NC 2006
45+ Myles Wetzel16' 4" Waukesha, WI 2005
Don Stewart, at 45+, cleared 16' 5" in Quechee, Vermont in 2008, but did not compete in the first four of seven events.
50+ Mike Baab15' 0"" Ft. Worth, TX 2010
55+ Frank Henry13' 7" Havre de Grace, MD 2009
60+ Dean Ross11' 0" Quad Cities, IA 2003
65+ Ray Oster10' 0" Carmichael, CA 2010
Heavy Sheaf (Men: 20 lbs; Women: 12 lbs)
World, North American, US Eric Frasure36' 2" Stone Mountain, GA 2010
Canadian Jason Johnston 34' 1" Selkirk, Manitoba 2012
Amateur Eric Frasure 34' 0" Waxhaw, NC 2004
Women's World, US Jessica Dowdy 28' 0" Greensboro, NC 2006
Heavy Sheaf: Masters Men, 20lbs
(Not tracked by ScottishMasters.org)
40+ Kearney Smith32' 0" Red Springs, NC 2006
45+ Myles Wetzel31' 0" Tazewell, TN 2007
50+ Bob Jeffrey28' 1" Ft. Wayne, IN 2002
50+ Bob Jeffrey28' 1" Ft. Wayne, IN 2002
65+ Ray Oster15' 0" Carmichael, CA 2010
Light Sheaf (Men: 16 lbs; Women: 10 lbs)
World, North American, US Robert Troupe 39' 0" * Loon Mountain, NH 1996
World, North American, Canadian Doug MacDonald 39' 6" * Waipu, New Zealand 1999
Amateur Isaac Burchett38' 3" Winter Springs, FL/td> 2013
Lightweight Isaac Burchett 33' 3"
Kirksville, MO 2006
Women's World, US Katie Steingraebar 32' 1/4" Waterloo, IA 2012
Women's Canadian Jennifer Patterson26' 0" Belmont, NY 2013
Caber
Sorry, but I am not going to attempt to keep caber records.

* Doug MacDonald's toss is the highest ever in this event. However, it was done at the games in Waipu, New Zealand, where a sheaf lighter than 16lbs is traditionally used. Doug MacDonald was told it was a 16lb sheaf. The following year, during the world championships, a 17lb bag was used in a non-scoring event. Doug's toss is likely the world record, but because of an inconsistent history at Waipu (and lack of confirmation), there's a slight doubt.

Records pending verification:

Women's World Record, WOB, Mindy Pockoski, 19' 1", Goshen, CT.

The following mark from 2003 is unverifiable.

Amateur Record: Weight for Height
Mike Zolkiewicz, 17' 7"
New Hampshire
The implement had been verified on other occasions, but was used and damaged the next day, and weighed in light. The owner of the weight believes it met the standards before the damage; others have expressed skepticism.

Please let me know if you have any changes or corrections to this list.

The most valuable sources in compiling these records have been Tony Dziepak's list (which wasn't fully up-to-date when I started this project, but he seems to have caught up now), and of course the old NASGA record list, which disappeared from the web some time ago, and was somewhat behind at the time, but still had the older records. On-line games results and the various message boards have been incredibly helpful. Dale Harder's book Strength is excellent. He doesn't do US, amateur, Canadian, etc. records, but does include world records and age group records. And, of course, he covers a wide range of other strength sports. Lightweight men's records are courtesy of Brian Randell and Kevin Henderson. For record lists and games results were available online but have disappeared, the Wayback Machine has been invaluable.

And of course, thanks to all the others who have contributed information.