Scholar/Athletes: MCC Forestry Club Sets New Personal Records
By Josh Hussey & Dylan Hurley
The Montgomery Community College Forestry Club Woodsmen’s Team traveled to Waynesville, North Carolina on March 29 to compete against four other forest technician schools for the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet. There were multiple winners and new personal records established among the team members. MCC placed 3rd in the event with a score of 73 points, establishing a new overall points record in a collegiate competition. The females of the team walked away the most victorious. Dr. Chad Bledsoe, MCC President, was present to cheer on the team.
This year’s competition was especially exciting in almost every event. MCC placed fourth or better in 15 out of 23 of the events. Many competitors displayed immense speed in their events with their hard work and practice paying dividends in points for the team. Ryan Egerter placed first in the Men’s Singlebuck Sawing with a time of 18 seconds. Megan Strong put up a blazing time of 29 seconds in the Women’s Singlebuck, beating many of the men’s times. Gavin Hailey placed second in the Pulpwood Toss for Distance, sending the pulpwood log sailing an impressive 32.9 feet. Wesley Bodenheimer placed first in both the Standing Block Chop and Underhand Chop with both times around the 28 second mark. He additionally represented MCC in the Sthil Collegiate Timbersports Challenge placing 3rd and setting multiple personal records, such as his impressive Sthil Standing Block Chop time of 16.64 seconds.
The female competitors were a dominating force for this year’s team. Megan Strong walked away the overall points winner and the team’s Top WoodsWOMAN, contributing 24 of the team's 73 points. Maegan Byrd and Gavin Hailey tied for the second most points both contributing 15 points. All team members showed excellent sportsmanship and skill that greatly reflected the values and professionalism of MCC.
The Woodsmen’s meet is held once a year and rotates among schools with forestry programs: Allegheny College of Maryland, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Penn State Mont Alto, Dabney Lancaster Community College of Virginia, Haywood Community College, and Montgomery Community College. Haywood was this year’s host school. The purpose of the meet is to provide forestry students a chance to compete in “old-timey” woodsmen’s events. They also have an opportunity to travel to new regions along the east coast and interact with students from different backgrounds.
The Forestry Club is looking forward to their next competition to be held at the Cradle of Forestry near Brevard NC next October.
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