The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series presented by Carhartt brings its Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Challenge to the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus in Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, April 17.
Penn College will host and participate in the Mid-Atlantic States Intercollegiate Woodsmen's meet that kicks off at 8 a.m. ET. The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Challenge begins at noon. Woodsmen teams from more than five regional colleges and universities will converge on Williamsport to determine which school will walk away with the Mid-Atlantic title.
ESPNU cameras will be onsite to document the head-to-head competition between the most skilled collegiate lumberjacks in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Mid-Atlantic Challenge.
Each participating school will select its best lumberjack to go chop-for-chop and saw-for-saw in the four professional disciplines of the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop, for a slice of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Challenge championship. Competitors will be judged based on the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series rules.
The winner will earn a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL for his school and advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship to be held this summer in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series. The 2010 Collegiate Series will be televised on ESPNU later this year.
"The Mid-Atlantic Challenge is one of the more intimate competitions in terms of the number of participating schools, but it's quite big in terms of athleticism, ability and enthusiasm," said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc.
Prior to the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Challenge, a training session will be conducted by professional lumberjack Mike Slingerland. Slingerland will provide pointers to the collegiate lumberjacks, demonstrate techniques involved in the lumberjack disciplines, and assist the athletes in improving their skills.
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Mid-Atlantic Conclave
Saturday, April 17
11:30 a.m.: Professional demonstration with Mike Slingerland
Noon: STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Challenge
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Allegany College of Maryland, Cumberland, Md.
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Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pa.
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