PLEASANTON, Calif. - Nick Kahanic led after the first seven events at the two-day United States Scottish Highland Games National Championships
There was one problem, though.
The championships were eight events long, and Jeff Kaste of New Hampshire was up to the challenge.
"I did what I wanted to do,'' Kahanic said Sunday night. "I came out here and threw with ice in my veins, and made it incredibly hard to beat me. (Kaste) kept it close and got me on the last event (the light hammer). It was a truly inspiring performance by him.''
Kahanic, who won the North American Amateur Championships near Seattle and set a world record in the small stone in Hamburg earlier this summer, finished second in California but still came away a winner.
"At the end of the competition, I was given the Judges Award,'' he said. "They gave it to me for being the most entertaining and being the best sportsman, so that's an honor."
Next on Kahanic's schedule is the amateur world championships in Minnesota next week, but he has fond memories of his time on the West Coast.
"I couldn't ask for a better time, and better competitors,'' he said.