Hanover, N.H. As the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) celebrates its centennial, Dartmouth College will host and participate in the 63rd annual Woodsmen Weekend, which will feature the Northeast qualifier of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Challenge presented by Carhartt, in addition to the first STIHL TIMBERSPORTS women's collegiate lumberjack event. The competition, which takes place Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. ET, will include more than a dozen schools from the Northeastern region.
For the first time, there will be a dedicated women's event in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Challenge. The lumberjills will compete in three disciplines, the single buck, stock saw and underhand chop to determine who reigns queen. The top lumberjill will receive a Keech competition ax and the honorary title as the winner of the first women's STIHL TIMBERSPORTS collegiate competition.
"We're excited to host the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Challenge as part of the Dartmouth Outing Club's Centennial Celebrations," said Rory Gawler, program coordinator and general manager of the DOC. "We're also very pleased to be the first school to host a women's competition, and we pushed hard to make that happen. The longevity and history of the Outing Club show how important the out of doors is to Dartmouth's sense of place."
Recognized as one of the only private, four-year liberal arts institutions to participate in and host the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series, Dartmouth's Outing Club is the oldest and largest collegiate outing club and encompasses year-round outdoor recreation. It was created in 1909 to stimulate interest in outdoor winter sports. Today, the club has more than 1,500 student members and acts as an umbrella organization for about a dozen member clubs which each specialize in an aspect of outdoor recreation.
"We're very pleased to be a part of the Dartmouth Outing Club's anniversary celebration honoring outdoors sports," said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. "The Northeastern conclave is always an exciting event because of the high level of skill that these students have. In fact, our 2008 collegiate champion, Matt Bolton competed in our Northeast qualifier last year and won a slot in the 2009 professional series that starts this June."
The men's Northeast Collegiate Challenge will feature the top lumberjacks competing in a head-to-head battle in the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. Competitors will be judged based on the professional STIHL TIMBERSPORTS rules. The event will be televised on ESPNU later this year.
The Northeast Collegiate Challenge wraps up the regular season of the Collegiate Series that consists of five regional events. The regional champions thus far are Central Oregon Community College's David Green, Western champion; Brad Sears of the University of Arkansas-Monticello, Southern champion; Adam LaSalle from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Midwestern champion; and Matt Slingerland of Haywood Community College, mid-Atlantic champion. Each earned a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL for his school, as well as a place in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship to be held June 2009 in Columbus, Ga.
In Columbus, the five regional winners and one wildcard pick will go head-to-head to claim the 2009 Collegiate Championship title. The Collegiate Champion then earns a place in the professional ranks in the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series presented by Carhartt.
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Northeast Collegiate Challenge
Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. EDT (women's); 3 p.m. EDT (men's)
Hanover, NH 03755
Cobleskill Community College, Cobleskill, N.Y.
Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY
SUNY-ESF Ranger School, Wanakena, N.Y.
Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, N.Y.
Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, Nova Scotia
Paul Smith's College in Paul Smith, N.Y.
Penn State University, State College, Pa.
Unity College, Unity, Maine
University of Maine at Orono, Orono, Maine
University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.