The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games athletic events last weekend saw a local man win the 880 dash after deciding to participate at the last minute.

Moses White of Deep Gap was attending the games with his brother and decided to sign up Saturday, on the spur of the moment, despite not having a pair of suitable running shoes with him. So he ran the race barefoot, and finished first in the race.

Noah White of Deep Gap finished second in the one mile race.

Appalachian State University track and field athlete Patrick Freeman claimed first place in several events, including the men’s long jump, 220-yard dash, 440-yard dash and 100-yard dash. Freeman won Most Outstanding Male Athlete. Taylor Fox of Boone won the pole vault at 14 feet.

Jonathan Harding, high school English teacher from Austinville, Va., finished first in three of the seven men’s heavy athletic events, earning him the top spot overall.

Meagan McKee, a history teacher from Vermont, finished first in four of the seven women’s heavy athletic events, claiming the women's top spot overall for the competition.

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