Center of Scottish Heritage
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC, 28078
RELEASE APRIL 22, 2005
F. Taylor, Executive Director
LOCH NORMAN HIGHLAND GAMES
49 FEET 8 INCHES - NEW WORLD RECORD FOR ERIC FRASURE
IN THE 56 LB WEIGHT THROW FOR DISTANCE
”Yes it was
ridiculous. Man I was standing out there shagging for his 2nd throw that
was 48'+ and nearly got killed. Then I saw his throw for the 49-8 from a
distance and it literally looked as if it was shot from a cannon!” M. West
Eric Frasure, a
graduate of Hopewell High School, has set a NEW WORLD RECORD for throwing
the 56 lb weight for distance. In a competition at the Loch Norman
Highland Games, on April 17th, the 19 year old, currently a
sophomore on a track scholarship at East Carolina University, threw the
56lb weight 49 feet 8inches breaking the World Record set by Professional
Scottish Heavy Athlete, Ryan Vierra. In an unusual turn of fate, Ryan
Vierra was competing on the same day at the Las Vegas Highland Games and
delighted the crowd by throwing 49'2" to break his own world record in the
56 lb only to find that the Amateur Eric Frasure’s throw would better his
Eric also threw
a NEW Loch Norman Highland Games Record in the 22# Hammer with an 111 feet
10 inches. “He is obviously doing an excellent job
of applying what he is learning in the Hammer to the Weight for Distance.
He is starting with a wide stance and forcing the weight into its orbit
very fast from the start, very tight legs, hips driving through fast… very
fast. His hammer, and the 28 lb are huge as well.” C. Cook
Eric has been
involved in Scottish heavy throwing since the tender age of 14. While at
Hopewell High School, he began training with his father, Scott Frasure and
set his first world record at age 18. Just in case you think it is some
sort of lucky shot note that he holds all lifting records at ECU and is
the school record holder in the indoor weight and hammer throw. He is the
2005 C-USA champion in 35 lbs. weight throw, the C-USA record holder for
the 35 lbs. weight throw and provisional qualifier for NCAA indoor
championships, the 2005 IC4A indoor 35 lbs. weight throw champion and a 2
year letterman at ECU. Eric has plans to go to the 2008 Olympics for the
The Loch Norman
Highland Games Scottish Heavy Athletics competitions are run under the
rules of North American Scottish Games Athletics and the Southeastern
Scottish Amateur Athletics Association. The weight was 56.15 lbs on
information about the sport of Scottish Heavy Throwing
Scottish Amateur Athletics Association
The North American Scottish Games Athletics
The sport of
Scottish Heavy Throwing is based on traditional field competitions dating
back more than 1,000 years. The events are based on competitions with a
military or agricultural background. Fo instance the 56 lb weight is half
of the old agricultural hundred weight and the 28 lb weight half of that.
In 1869 George Goldie, a champion in Scottish athletics, was hired as the
Director of the gymnasium at Princeton. The possession of a gymnasium by a
college at this time indicated a concern for health and a regard for the
value of physical activity as did the appointment of a specialist
instructor. The initial rise of collegiate track and field took place at
colleges having this type of facility. Typically track and field programs
contained the same events as Scottish Games except for the caber toss. In
1873, Goldie's campaign at Princeton resulted in the first track and field
event there. Named the "Caledonian Games" in his honor, they became the
model for all other colleges yet to embark on their track and field
THE LOCH NORMAN HIGHLAND GAMES
SCOTTISH HEAVY THROWING EVENTS
Weight for Distance
The weight can be either block or spherical shaped with links and a
handle. The overall length cannot exceed 18". The weight is thrown with
one hand in a throwing area 4'6" x 9'. The thrower must keep one foot
inside this area and not step over the back line or inside face of the
trig or the throw is a foul.
The hammer has a lead or steel head with
a bamboo or rattan handle affixed through a hole in the head.
Same as the 56lb. Weight for Distance except a 28lb. weight is used.
The weight for height is the same as used for distance except it is
shorter. The weight is tossed over a cross bar with one hand.
The sheaf is a 16lb. or 20lb. burlap or plastic bag stuffed with either
chopped rope, straw, or mulch. The sheaf is tossed over a cross bar with a
Similar to the shot put, except a stone is used that weighs usually
between 16 and 22 pounds. It is called "open" style because any style of
putting is allowed with the spin and glide styles being the most popular.
The Caber is a tree that has been cut and trimmed down so one end is
slightly wider than the other. It can vary length from 16 to 22 feet and
between 100 and 180 pounds.
The thrower must compete in all events in a particular competition.
THE CLASSES OF ATHLETES
The highest level of Scottish Athletics, prize money is awarded according
to placing. This class is usually entered by invitation only.
This is the class you want to try and get into if you are a beginner. The
athletes in this class range from first-timers to experienced throwers who
are trying to improve enough to compete with the pros. At some Games there
can be up to three different Amateur classes to divide up Amateurs of
different skill levels.