It will be a big weekend for one of SUNY Morrisville’s least known teams.
The 15-member lumberjack team, consisting of men and women, will be hosting a competition with six other schools on Saturday.
They will participate in 16 separate disciplines using axes, large hand saws and chainsaws.
Coach Seth Carsten says, “It draws things out of them they didn’t know they had, I’ve seen a lot of changes in some of the students we’ve had over the years. It’s a lot different than your typical athletic sport.”
“You’ve just gotta get over the fact that I’m swinging a razor blade about two inches from my toes,” team member Kyle Monahan tells NewsChannel 9.
Team Captain Agnes Olson says, “When I’m out there I pretty much just focus on my event, I kind of block out everything else and I focus and I excel.”
On Saturday Morrisville, for the first time ever, will host a competition.
“We’ve been cutting trees, getting wood ready. The hardest part is finding the cleanest wood we can. I mean knots are the biggest pain to axes if you want to talk about exploding an axe in two seconds that’s the way to do it,” Monahan says.
Olson adds, “For us being able to host this, it’s huge so we can represent our school, SUNY Morrisville.”
Last year the team stepped into the limelight when former teammate Andrew O’Connell earned a ticket to the National STIHL Timbersports Series Championships, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Today, O’Connell is a traveling lumberjack for the Timberworks Lumberjack Show and hopes to break into the pros.
The contest, free to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, inside the college’s equine rehabilitation center