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Penn College Places Third in Mid-Atlantic Woodsman Meet


A team of student competitors from the School of Natural Resources Management at Pennsylvania College of Technology placed third overall in the Mid-Atlantic Woodsman Meet held recently in Cumberland, Md.

At the competition, hosted by Allegany College of Maryland, Penn College students took two first-place medals in the Team Pole Fell event, 12 second-place medals in eight individual and team events, and a third-place medal in an individual event. Penn College finished behind only Penn State Mont Alto and Haywood Community College in the overall competition.

Earning first-place medals for the Team Pole Fell were Douglas A. Freeman, Gillett; and Darrick B. Johnson, Grand Valley.

The Penn College second-place medalists and their events were Archery: Timothy P. Seidel, Lebanon; Team Log Roll: Katherine E. Bonczek, Tunkhannock, Douglas A. Freeman, Gillett, Troy A. Le Van, Lock Haven, and Frederick J. Yeager, Wilcox; Team Pole Fell: Matthew R. Lechilder, Gaithersburg, Md., and Timothy S. Sherry, St. Marys; Single Buck (one-man crosscut saw): Frederick J. Yeager, Wilcox; Hip Thrust (tree-climbing event): Jason M. Furminiak, Pipersville; Pole Climb: Darrick B. Johnson, Grand Valley; and Chainsaw: Katherine E. Bonczek, Tunkhannock, and Frederick J. Yeager, Wilcox.

Taking a third-place medal in the Dendrology (study of trees and shrubs) event was Adam R. Brown, Dushore.

In the Team Pole Fell event, both Penn College teams hit the target stake with the felled pole, managing that feat in the shortest time among the competitors in earning their first- and second-place medals.

Other Penn College competitors were: Derek P. Bailey, New Tripoli; Kristin Fleckenstein, Williamsport; Andrew W. Marshall, Warriors Mark; Tyler C. Parsons, Bellefonte; and Beth A. Partsch, Williamsport.

Serving as coaches for the team were Jack E. Fisher, lab assistant for forest technology, and Dr. Dennis F. Ringling, professor of forestry.

For more information about Forest Technology and other majors offered in the School of Natural Resources Management at Penn College, call (570) 327-4761, send e-mail or visit online.

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