The SFA Sylvans won the collegiate portion of the 32nd annual Arkansas State Lumberjack Championship held in Sheridan, Arkansas.
SFA students competed against the University of Arkansas at Monticello and won four out of the five physical events in the competition, garnering a $750 donation from competition organizers.
Ken Bragg, ATCOFA alumnus and member of the Arkansas State House of Representatives, officiated the lumberjack competition, which was organized by ATCOFA alumnus Carl Hansen and others.
The competition is a featured event of Timberfest, hosted by the Grant County Arkansas Chamber of Commerce.
Event results are as follows:
Crosscut: 1st place: Kirbee Bowman and Kaitlyn Yates.
Due to a difference in rules from the Southern Forestry Conclave, the SFA Sylvans women’s team was allowed to compete against the University of Arkansas Monticello men’s team. Yates and Bowman defeated the men’s team with a time of 9.78 seconds, versus UAM's time of 14.55 seconds.
Jack & Jill Crosscut: 1st place: Kirbee Bowman and Zack Ovelgonne.
Bowman and Ovelgonne’s time of 10.84 seconds on an 11-inch round sweetgum placed 3rd in the overall Lumberjack Championship and beat UAM’s time of 11.16 seconds to win the collegiate portion of the Jack & Jill event.
Single Buck: 1st place: Zack Ovelgonne.
Ovelgonne’s time of 21.59 seconds placed 5th in the overall Lumberjack Championship and ahead of UAM's time of 29.95 seconds in the collegiate portion.
Axe Throw: 1st place: Sean Hoes.
Hoes scored 8 points and narrowly missed the bull’s eye, beating UAM’s 5 points.
Underhand Chop: 2nd place: Ellart ‘Dutch’ Vreugdenhil.
Vreugdenhil split an 11-inch sweetgum round in 3 minutes 11 seconds, falling short of UAM’s time of 1 minute 46 seconds.