NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO – James Large took first place in the truck event at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Director’s Cup Truck and Loader Roadeo recently held in Columbus.

Large, a veteran highway technician at ODOT in Belmont County, has nearly 26 years of service with the department.

Created in 1988 to recognize employees, ODOT holds the friendly competition annually, pitting operators against one another to test their skill in maneuvering equipment through a series of obstacles to mimic situations encountered 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 event.

Twenty-four employees from across the state showcased their maneuverability talents during the event, looping through traffic cones and barrels, competing for the title.

Large lives in Belmont,  with his wife Karen, and together, they have two daughters.