Champion Lumberjack

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A senior forest science major won the STIHL Collegiate Timber-sports Championship, held June 1–3 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This year marked the third consecutive year that Tim Benedict, of Pittsfield, Pa., competed in the national finals against five other regional qualifiers in four events: the chainsaw competition, the single buck event, the underhand chop, and the standing block chop.

Benedict will be traveling with the U.S. Lumberjack Team to Norway in September to compete in the world championships. His win has also earned him a spot on the STIHL Timbersports Professional Tour next spring.