RALEIGH — NCDOT equipment operators captured three
top-three finishes in the individual competition and fourth place overall in
the Southeast Regional Equipment
Operator Roadeo held in Lexington, KY on Wednesday. The event is an annual
competition held to recognize the skills and talents of state transportation
department employees throughout the southeast United States who operate heavy
equipment and vehicles.
The NCDOT’s 12-man
team, which qualified for the event by finishing first or second in the state
competition held in Raleigh in July, came in behind two-time defending champion
Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.
individual showings came from employees in NCDOT Division 12, which had
captured the NCDOT team title. Lynn Dagenhart of the
Alexander County maintenance office finished second in lowboy truck
competition. Chris Mecimore, also from the Alexander County maintenance office, was third in
the backhoe. Preston
Hefner of the Catawba County maintenance office was third in single-axle
dump truck. Division 12 covers Iredell, Alexander, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston and
In addition to those
three categories, competitors showed their skills operating motor
graders, tandem axle dump trucks and tractor-mowers. Each state had two
competitors per category. The
event focuses on safe and skillful operation of equipment, while allowing each
contestant to engage in friendly competition with operators from other states.
It also helps boost morale among the contestants as co-workers and teammates
cheer them on during the competition.
Other members of the
NCDOT team included Brian Schmidt of the Person County office, Kevin Stutts of
Moore County, Jarvis Blount of Cumberland County, Verlon Enloe of Cherokee
County, Kevin Conner of Martin County, Josh Leatherman of Cleveland County,
Chad Bradshaw of Rockingham County, Rocky Milsaps of Alexander County and Swindell
Simmons of Jones County.
Other states at the event were Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South
Carolina and Virginia.
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