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Western Collegiate Challenge

With the Rocky Mountains as nature's backdrop, the STIHL TMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series presented by Carhartt brings its Western Collegiate Challenge, the premier collegiate lumberjack competition to the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins March 17-19.

Woodsmen teams from more than 10 regional colleges and universities will compete in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS event and the 71st annual Association of Western Forestry Clubs regional conclave on the university's newly rebuilt logging field. This will be the first time CSU has hosted the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series.

"Colorado State is honored to host the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Western Collegiate Challenge," said Adrian Flygt, CSU graduate student and competitor in the Collegiate Series. "We've been putting a lot of work into hosting the conclave, from constructing a competition deck to rebuilding and relocating our logging field. We look forward to putting CSU in the limelight as a legitimate logging program."

ESPNU cameras will document the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Western Challenge where the most skilled collegiate lumberjacks go head-to-head in four professional lumberjack disciplines: the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop at 1 p.m. MT Friday, March 19.

Competitors will be judged based on the professional STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series rules.
The winner will earn a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL for his school and advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship to be held this summer in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series. The 2010 Collegiate Series will be televised on ESPNU later this year.

"The Western conclave is always an exciting event because of the high level of skill that these students have," said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. "As we celebrate 25 years of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series on the professional level this year, we look forward to reaching this milestone with the Collegiate Series down the road."

The CSU logging team has developed an impressive reputation in lumberjack sports over the last few years with Flygt's dominance in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series. In 2008, Flygt won the Western Collegiate Challenge and placed second in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship.

In 2009, he placed second in the Western Collegiate Challenge, but was able to advance to the Collegiate Championship when selected as the 2009 wildcard pick. He later withdrew from the Championship due to injury. Flygt is eager to return to the lumberjack stage representing CSU in the 2010 Western Collegiate Challenge.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Western Conclave

When:
Friday, March 19 at 1 p.m. MT

Where:
Colorado State University Logging Sports Field
(Southeast corner of Vine Drive and Overland Trail)
Fort Collins, Colo.

Colleges:

California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore.
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Mont.
Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.
Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif.
Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.
University of California-Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif.
University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho
University of Montana in Missoula, Mont.
University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nev.
University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz.
University of Washington in Seattle, Wash.
Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.