Highland Games Athletics

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN PRESS RELEASE – Two residents of Boone took their athletic careers to new heights at the 2021 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

Patrick Freeman and Casey Meinert, both seniors at Appalachian State University, were named outstanding athletes in the track and field competition at this year’s Highland Games.

Freeman competed in the Games in 2019, but 2021 marked Meinert’s first year to do so.

“It was a ton of fun,” she said. “I absolutely loved it.”

“This is the funniest track event I’ve been to,” added Freeman.

A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Freeman is currently studying geography in Appalachian State and hopes to become a forest firefighter after graduation.

Meinert is originally from Stafford, Va., And studies nutrition and dietetics in Appalachian. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree and a career in pediatric nutrition.

Athletics results

Pole vault – Men
1. Patrick Freeman, Boone, North Carolina, 13′-00 “
2. Reid Hastings, Winston-Salem, NC, 11′-0 “
3. Jacob Hastings, Boone, NC, 10′-6 “

Pole vault – Women
1. Rileigh Lacy, Darlington, SC, 10-‘0 “
2. Casey Meinert, Boone, NC, 9′-0 “

High jump – Men
1. Patrick Freeman, Boone, NC, 5′-3 “
2. Reid Hastings, Winston-Salem, NC, 5′-0 “
2. Jacob Hastings, Boone, NC, 5′-0 “
2. Alex Lennon, Boone, NC, 5′-0 “

High Jump – Women
1. Rileigh Lacy, Darlington, SC, 4′-0 “
2. Casey Meinert, Boone, NC, 3′-9 “
2. Joelle Ryan, Boone, NC, 3′-9 “

Long Jump – Men

  1. Patrick Freeman, Boone, North Carolina, 18′-4 1/2 ″
    2. Jake McMillan, Kosciusko, MS, 16’4 “
    2. Taylor Fox, Easy, South Carolina, 16’4 “
    3. Alex Lennon, Boone, NC, 15’6 “

Long Jump – Women
1. Casey Meinert, 4′-1/2 “
2. Rileigh Lacy, Darlington, SC, 13′-11 ½ “
3. Joelle Ryan, Boone, NC, 9’2.5 “

Triple jump – Men
1. Jake McMillan, Kosciusko, MS, 33′-6 1/4 ″
2. Alex Lennon, Boone, NC, 31′-9 1/4 ″
3. Jacob Hastings, Boone, NC, 29′-5 1/4 ″

100-yard run – Women
1. Casey Meinert, Boone, NC,: 13.15
2. Mia Wiest, Oak Ridge, Tennessee,: 13.75
3. Joelle Ryan, Boone, NC,: 13.76

100 Yard Run – Men
1. Patrick Freeman, Boone, NC,: 10.88
2. Ryan Towler, Jacksonville, FL,: 11.26
3. Connor Forsyth, Winston-Salem, NC,: 11.5
3. Taylor Fox, Easy, SC,: 11.5

220 Yard Dash – Women
1. Casey Meinert, Boone, NC,: 31.6
2. Joelle Ryan, Boone, NC,: 31.9
3. Meghan Lemmo, Windermere, Florida,: 40.85

220 yard dashboard – Men
1. Patrick Freeman, Boone, NC,: 26.06
2. Isaiah Stackleather, Wilmington, NC,: 27.19
3. Taylor Fox, Easy, SC,: 27.93

440 Yard Scoreboard – Men
1. Andrew Wible, Windermere, Florida, 1:07
2. Aaron Hale, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1:12
3. Joseph Miller, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1:16

880 yard dashboard – Men
1. Jeff Forsyth, Winston-Salem, NC, 2:26
2. Chandler Sneed, Lincolnton, North Carolina, 2:28
3. Alex Forsyth, Tukwila, WA, 2:29

1 Mile Race – Women
1. Joelle Ryan, Boone, North Carolina, 6:21
2. Madelyn Sursi, Mooresville, NC, 6:48 am
3. Meghan Lemmo, Windermere, Florida, 7:20

1 Mile Race – Men
1. Colin Hackman, Wilmington, NC, 5:21
2. Joseph Miller, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 6:16
3. Aaron Leininger, Morrisville, NC, 6:19

2 Mile Race – Men
1. Aaron Hale, Raleigh, NC, 11:49 AM
2. Jeff Forsyth, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 12:17
3. Aaron Leininger, Morrisville, NC, 2:01 PM

Exceptional athlete – Men / Women
Patrick Freeman, Boone, North Carolina
Casey Meinert, Boone, North Carolina

Grandpa Mountain Highland Games

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans took place July 8-11 at MacRae Meadows, at the foot of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, North Carolina. For more information visit www.gmhg.org.

The non-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation works to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325 or visit www.grandfather.com to plan a trip.

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