Woodsmen – FLCC Team’s Dominate at Home Event
CANANDAIGUA – The FLCC Logging Sports Competition was held on Saturday, October 6 at FLCC’s main campus. Twenty teams (9 men, 3 women, and 8 jack and jill) representing six New York State Colleges, participated in the morning/afternoon event. The most noteworthy finishes of the day came from the hosts – FLCC – who claimed first overall in both the Men’s and Jack and Jill (1) divisions.
The FLCC Men earned first place by a mere 49 points out of a potential 1600 – and were followed by SUNY ESF and Paul Smith’s College respectively. The FLCC men started the day strong by winning 5 of 6 singles events. Taking those 5 first place finishes for the Lakers were Addison McCoy (Portville, NY) – axe throw, Matt Baird (Boonville, NY) – birling, Anthony ‘Beeker’ Robarge (Middlesex, NY) – pole climb, and Ben Williams (Lyons, NY) – triathlon. The men also won the team canoe relay, an event unique to the FLCC home meet – in part due to the volunteer coaching of Marty Dodge (whom is retired but continues to crave for FLCC dominance in canoe events).
“Each athlete has practiced relentlessly, some since the summer months, and their hard work paid-off today” said FLCC coach Ryan Staychock. He added, “We are especially excited for our new student-athletes that are just learning the sport, some of whom won first place in the Jack and Jill division.”
FLCC fielded two Jack and Jill teams – which consisted of three men and three women, earning first (1364 points) and fifth place (1027 points) respectively. The Jack and Jill team’s stemming from Alfred State College and the Ranger School of Wanakena, NY, placed second and third respectively last Saturday. Earning first place finishes for the FLCC Jack and Jill 1 team (in the singles events) were Brendaya Parsons (Penn Yan, NY) – axe throw, and Jonathan Davis (Livingston Manor, NY) – triathlon.
The Women’s division hosted three teams competing against each other. SUNY ESF Women earned first place (1383 points) while SUNY Cobleskill (1299 points) and Paul Smiths College (1141) followed them with second and third place finishes respectively.
The FLCC Logging Sports Competition acted as a preparation run for the 67th Annual Spring Intercollegiate Woodsmen Competition, which is scheduled to take place on FLCC’s campus on both April 19 and 20 of 2013. This 2-day event is the North East collegiate championship for all collegiate woodsmen teams. This event will be open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.