Haywood Community College's Daniel Jones Wins STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Championship

Jones Goes to Holland to Represent the U.S. at the 2011 World Championships and Secures a Spot in the 2012 Professional Series
Release Date: 9/6/2011
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Daniel Jones, 2011 Collegiate Champion

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SALEM, Ore. (Sept. 6, 2011) – The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Ram Trucks returned to the Oregon State Fair for a second year Aug. 26-28, 2011. In front of ESPNU cameras, Daniel Jones of Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC, chopped and sawed his way to a STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Collegiate Championship victory. Jones beat out five of the top collegiate competitors for not only bragging rights, but the opportunity to be a part of the international rookie relay team at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series presented by Ram Trucks World Championship in Roermond, Holland Sept. 3-4. With this win Jones also earned a spot as a professional competitor in the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series.

All of the collegiate competitors showed outstanding skills and potential. Walt Page of Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo took second-place honors, Tim Benedict of Penn State University took third, Scooter Cogar of Virginia Tech claimed fourth and Andrew Gollnick of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and Schuyler VanAuken of Paul Smith's College tied for fifth.

"The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series was created to discover and nurture the next generation of American lumberjacks," said Brad Sorgen, producer of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. "The talent, dedication and professionalism of this year’s collegiate competitors have been especially impressive, and we are excited to see them continue to grow and enter the professional ranks."

Going into the final event of the championship, the competition was fierce between Jones and runner-up Page. Jones delivered a 13.97 second run in the single buck event, which not only won him the single buck and the Collegiate Championship title, but beat the U.S. Championship times of professional lumberjack legends Mike Sullivan, Mel Lentz and David Bolstad.

"That's my best time ever," Jones told STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US. "I was using a more aggressive saw than the ones I used in the past. I practiced on the weekends and on some weekdays with professional STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitors, Jimmy Lawrence and Daryl Weakland. They taught me a lot and got me to where I need to be."

Collegiate competitors from more than 60 colleges and universities across the country competed in the 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Regional Qualifiers. One winner from each region and a wildcard pick advanced to the Championship. The six finalists faced off at the Championships in four chopping and sawing disciplines including the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. The 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Collegiate Championship will air on ESPNU Friday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. ET. Visit STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US for the full TV schedule.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series grooms student athletes to one day take their place among the professional elite. Additionally, ESPNU provides a national platform to not only highlight the competition and the sport, but also spotlight the hosting schools and their forestry programs in the Collegiate Series competition shows.

Established in 1985 by STIHL, the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series, billed as the Original Extreme Sport, attracts the world’s top lumberjack athletes in a competition based on historic logging techniques. The Series is seen by more than 20 million viewers annually in more than 62 countries on networks such as Eurosport and ESPN, where it is one of the longest running shows.

Get the latest information and up-to-date news and video on all the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitions by going to STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US. Access behind-the-scenes photos and video on Facebook and YouTube.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Collegiate Championships Final Results


Rank

Competitor

Hometown

Points

1

Daniel Jones

Hayesville , N.C.

22

2

Walt Page

Tollhouse, Calif.

18

3

Tim Benedict

Pittsfield , Pa.

14

4

Scooter Cogar

Blackstone , Va.

11

5

Andrew Gollnick

Bangor , Wisc.

9

6

Schuyler VanAuken

Hamilton , NY

9


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