FAIRBANKS-It seems that the final night of WEIO also has very special and historic moments and this year would be no different.
In the one foot high kick Alaskan style event Autumn Ridley of Anchorage and Erica Meckel of Fairbanks were the final two in contention. The two thought they were going for the world record in their final kicks but actually they both tied the world record at 84 inches on their previous successful kicks to their surprise.
The judges know the actual distances so competitors will before their best. Meckel, who won the gold with only one miss was overcome with emotion.
"I've been going after that record for seven, eight years now and I finally hit. I'm just so happy and overjoyed," Meckel said.
In the night's other events Jeff Satterfield won the ear weight competition. In the high flying event, the men's blanket toss, Christian Warrior got the gold as the five participants did some acrobatic moves including the fan favorite flips.
The last competition of the night was the knuckle hop which gives another name to bloody knuckles. Christian Paul defended his knuckle hop title going just farther than Kyle Worl.
At the end of the night the athletic awards were given out and Autumn Ridley was named Most Outstanding Athlete for the second year in a row. Nick Hanson of Unalakleet won the coveted Sportsmanship award in back to back years as well. Hanson won the award by one vote out of 10 candidates He sums of the WEIO experience the best.
"This award should go to the whole group this year because all of those 10 people that got voted for that's just the beginning of all of our guys coming up and giving me a high-five and everything," Hanson said. "To win the award is an honor but it's like I want to give the whole thing back to everybody that shared with me too and help me get to my next level."