The SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen’s Club made College history at the Northeast Collegiate STIHL Timbersports competition at Alfred State University last month, with Alexis Halstead taking first place in the women’s division and Jonathon Davis taking sixth in the men’s division.
The annual competition draws the best lumberjacks from 62 schools across the country to go head-to-head in four professional timbersports events: the single buck, standing block chop, stock and underhand chop. Winners from the regional qualifiers go on to compete in the national championship.
Alexis, a junior at SUNY Cobleskill who also competes professionally with the Axe Women Loggers of Maine, said it was a tight competition that came down to a tie-breaker. Since the Northeast is the only Timbersports conference with a women’s division, the win automatically makes her a national champion.
“It feels amazing to finally let my hard work show in my dedication to timbersports and woodsmen,” she said. “Thank you to all my friends, family, and teammates for supporting me in this accomplishment.”
She said the win was sweetened by also taking third place in the mixed Jack and Jill division, another historic placement for SUNY Cobleskill. With the college season over, she said, she’ll be starting the professional season this month.
The 35 student members of the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen’s Club, both men and women from various majors, practice four days a week under the guidance of SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen alumni. They participate in competitions and demonstrations throughout the Northeast.