HCC students dominate at lumberjack meet

The Haywood Community College Lumberjack Team placed first out of 10 teams in this year’s John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet, held at the Cradle of Forestry in America Oct. 7.

HCC students placed in 19 of 22 total events, with the competition including several four-year schools such as Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, North Carolina State University and Warren Wilson College.

“We have some extremely motivated students on the team this year including lots of brand new students to timbersports,” said HCC forest management instructor James Jeuck, Ph.D. “With only six weeks of practice time, these students really did a great job.”

Prior to this event, the team competed in the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo Conclave where they finished in second place, one point away from the first-place winner. Team captain is student Brian Canaday. Trainer and coach is HCC graduate Ben Kniceley.

First place winners:

James Bryan, archery

C.J. Ingram, men’s axe throw

Josh Noah, orienteering

Kirby Farris, men’s pole climb

Morgan Martin, women’s pole climb

Morgan Martin and Taylor Mashburn, water boil; women’s crosscut

Morgan Martin and Nash Dawkins, Jack and Jill crosscut

Nash Dawkins and C.J. Ingram, Men’s crosscut

Jacob Darr, men’s crosscut singlebuck

Second place winners:

Morgan Martin and Josh Noah,


Morgan Martin, women’s stock saw

Third place winners:

Morgan Martin, women’s axe throw; women’s bolt split

C.J. Ingram, men’s horizontal speed chop

Jonathan Carreto, Gary Fitzgerald, Heidi Morgan and Josh Noah, quiz bowl

Fourth place winners:

Noah Henderson, men’s bolt split

James Bryan and C.J. Ingram, pole fell

Bryan Canaday, men’s vertical block chop

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