The Unity College Woodsman team was in Truro, Nova Scotia on Saturday the 10th for the 28th Annual Rick Russell Woodsmen Competition. The school hosting the event was Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus. “The A team placed second out of eleven” said woodsman team member, Elmer Deforge. “The team has been preparing for the event since the beginning of the school year, in August”.
The members of the Unity College Woodsman A team who placed include “Cody Jackman and Blake Wilder won the underhand chop, and the team, consisting of Cody, Blake, Travis Courser, Matt Finch, Jeff Merrill, and Brandyn Hurd, was first in the team crosscut sawing. Matt Finch was tied for second place in axe throw with Ken St. Pierre from the men’s B-team. Second to finish in the standing block chop were Travis and Brandyn, and Cody sprinted up the pole for a strong second position. The team also showed their speed in the team pulp throw achieving second place”, stated Unity College Woodsman team advisor Pat Clark. Having placed second overall, the Unity College woodsman team has been practicing for its next big event, the spring meet in April.
During the competition in Nova Scotia, the Unity College Woodsman B team “made up of Kevin Cummings, Tyler Law, Elmer DeForge, Ryan O-Neill, Ken St. Pierre, and Matt Leagan followed the winning A-team to reach fourth place in team crosscut. Ryan Joos was the men’s alternate” said Pat Clark.
“The Unity Women were also strong competitors in a field of nine teams. Jennifer Michaud, Katrina Wert, Shelby Hicks, Paige Blaker, Alyssa Maltman, and Liz Whitney placed fourth in team crosscut and fifth in pulp throw and Swede saw. In the single buck sawing, Jen ended in fourth position, while Shelby Hicks was fourth in pole climb. Finishing fifth individually were Alyssa in axe throw and Liz in chain saw, Nicole Harmon was the women’s alternate”, said Pat Clark.