Paulding County ODOT employee wins statewide roadeo
Mellinger of Hancock County places third
LIMA (Friday, September 18, 2015) – Leon Goyings of the Paulding County Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 maintenance garage was the winner of the loader competition in Wednesday’s Director’s Cup Truck and Loader Roadeo.
Goyings took first place among 24 contestants who competed in the loader event. He earned the right to compete after winning the district’s contest in May where he bested his coworkers in each of the eight counties within ODOT District 1.
The top-two finishers in the district competition in both the truck and loader competed in Wednesday’s event.
District 1 encompasses Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
The roadeo is a friendly competition which pits equipment operators against one another to test their skill in maneuvering equipment through a series of obstacles intended to mimic situations they encounter on the job. Participants are also required to find deliberately-placed mechanical bugs on equipment as part of the pre-trip inspection portion of the competition and to complete a written test.
Goyings has won or placed at the district level in both the truck and loader events several times, but has never won at the statewide level. In his 19 years with ODOT, he’s competed in the statewide competition approximately 15 times.
“That’s my first, first-place win. I’ve won second place a couple times,” said Goyings, who said he was very surprised at the win. “I really didn’t think I’d be in the top three,” he said, after watching several others drive the course. He beat the second-place finisher by 20 points.
The ability to operate any type of equipment is apparently key to a statewide win. Goyings said a Caterpillar loader which he’d never operated before was used in the competition. “That was my first time in a Cat loader. We use Case and John Deere,” said Goyings.
Finishing third in the loader event was Tom Mellinger of the Hancock County ODOT maintenance garage.
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Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
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