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Brower the winner at WEIO Games

July 29th, 2016 | Tommy Wells Print this article   Email this article  

Charles Brower became the latest champion from the North Slope region last week by capturing a gold medal at the 2016 World Eskimo Indian Olympics.

A resident of Barrow, Brower highlighted the WEIO activities by turning in a dominating performance in the Muktuk Eating contest. He posted a time of 1 minute and 11 seconds in the event and narrowly edged out Unalakleet standout Nick Hanson, who finished at 1:11.15.

Brower was one of several rural Alaskans netting wins at the games, which were held last Thursday through Saturday at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Overall, approximately 10 rural residents claimed wins.

Former bethel resident Phillip Blanchett - more famous as a member of the music group Pamyua, finished third in the men's Swing Kick competition. Bethel's Kelly Lincoln finished second in the Fish Cutting event. Former Chevak resident Casey Ferguson was second in the men's 2-Foot High Kick, first in the Alaskan High Kick and second in the 1-Hand Reach.

Chevak's Aaron Uroan was third in the Drop The Bomb standings.

Dillingham's Martin Gardiner also claimed a medal at the games, placing third in the men's Kneel Jump standings.

Unalakleet's Nick Hanson set a new world record in the Scissors Broad Jump with a leap of 37-5.

2015 WEIO Results

Men

Swing kick - 1) Kyle Worl, Anchorage, 63 inches (new record); 2) Jim Underwood Day, Invuik, NWT; 3) Phillip Blanchett.

2-foot high kick — 1) Andrew Keshevarof, Anchorage, 96 inches (2 misses); 2) Casey Ferguson, Anchorage, 96 (6 misses); 3) Kyle Worl, Anchorage, 94.

Drop the bomb — 1) Kyle Worl, Anchorage, 79 feet, 7.5 inches; 2) Isaiah Waghiyi, Savoonga, 71-2; 3) Aaron Ulroan, Chevak, 30-11.5

Muktuk eating - 1) Charles Brower, Barrow, 1 minute, 11 seconds; 2) Nick Hanson, Unalakeleet, 1:11.15.

Indian stick pull - 1) Sean O'Brien, Cordova; 2) Chris Kalmakoff, Anchorage; 3) Walter Hawkins, Anchorage.

Ear pull - 1) Linc Qimiq, Anchorage; 2) Jeffery Satterfield, Anchorage; 3) Aaron Ulroan, Chevak.

Alaskan high kick - 1) Casey Ferguson, Anchorage, 91 inches; Kyle Worl, Anchorage, 86 (2 misses); 3) James Wardlow, Seward, 86 (3 misses).

Eskimo stick pull — 1) Sean O'Brien, Cordova; 2) Chris Kalmakoff, Anchorage; 3) Walter Hawkins, Anchorage.

Four-man carry — 1) Sam Strange, Anchorage, 112 feet, 6.75 inches; 2) Walter Hawkins, Anchorage, 92-7; 3) Ravell Northway, Tok, 26-6.5.

1-hand reach — 1) Bernard Clark, Anchorage, 70 inches; 2) Casey Ferguson, 67; 3) Kyle Worl, Anchorage, 64.

Race of the Torch — 1) Forest Strick, Anchorage, 19 minutes, 3 seconds; 2) Darrell Sam, Huslia, 20:00; 3) Daniel Kokrine, Fairbanks, 20:06.

Kneel jump — 1) Kyle Worl, Anchorage, 65 feet, 0.5 inches; 2) Forest Strick, Anchorage, 53-0.25; 3) Martin Gardiner, Dillingham, 51-0.5.

Scissor broad jump - 1) Nick Hanson, Unalakleet, 37-5 (new world record); 2) Andrew Kashervarof, Anchorage, 36-4.25; 3) Isaiah Waghiyi, Savoonga, 34-9.

Women

Swing kick — 1) Crystal Worl, Juneau, 48 inches; 2) Erica Meckel, Fairbanks, 48.

2-foot high kick — 1) Erica Meckel, Fairbanks, 72 inches; 2) Autumn Ridley, Anchorage, 70; 3) Teri Johnson, Anchorage, 68.

Blanket toss - 1) Marjorie Tahbone, Nome; 2) Amanda Phipps, Fairbanks; 3) Vanessa Tahbone, Nome.

Seal skinning - 1) Mary Kakoona, Shishmaref, 1 minute, 39.80 seconds; 2) Karen Tocktoo, Anchorage, 3:30; 3) Diana DuFour, Fairbanks, 3:36.

Indian stick pull — 1) Michelle Wardlow, Seward; 2) Autumn Randazzo, Anchorage; 3) Rosemary Berg, Anchorage.

Ear pull - 1) Mitsi Evans, Fairbanks; 2) Chelsea Morrow, Wasilla; 3) Sheila Randazzo, Anchorage.

Alaskan high kick - 1) Autumn Ridley, Anchorage, 78 inches; 2) Jaclyn Weston, Anchorage, 76; 3) Teri Johnson, Anchorage , 72.

Eskimo stick pull — 1) Michelle Wardlow, Seward; 2) Autumn Randazzo, Anchorage; 3) Rosemary Berg, Anchorage.

Fish cutting — 1) Marjorie Tahbone, Nome, 29.90 seconds; 2) Kelly Lincoln, Bethel, 29.32; 3) Davida Hanson, Unalakleet, 44.71.

1-hand reach — 1) Autumn Ridley, Anchorage, 56 inches, 0 misses; 2) Teyah Clark, Wasilla, 56, 3 misses; 3) Brittany Woods-Orrison, Fairbanks, 54.

Race of the Torch — 1) Dorothy O'Donnell, Fairbanks, 19 minutes, 26 seconds; 2) Sidney Isom, Alamo, California, 21:57; 3) Shondiin Mayo, Fairbanks,23:45.

Kneel jump — 1) Amber Vaska, Fairbanks, 52 feet, 0.75 inches; 2) Erica Meckel, Fairbanks, 43-0.25; 3) Autumn Ridley, Anchorage, 42-0.75.

Scissor broad jump - 1) Amber Vaska, Fairbanks, 26-1; 2) Erica Meckel, Fairbanks, 25-6.75; 3) Autumn Ridley, Anchorage, 25-0.25.

 

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