The Haywood Community College Woodsmen’s Team finished first place in the 2009 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet and Forest Festival Day held at the Cradle of Forestry on Saturday, October 3rd. The team competed against Montgomery Community College, North Carolina State University, and Penn State Mont Alto.

The HCC team was led by Forestry Club President Jeremy Graves and Team Captain Daniel Jones. HCC earned an early victory in the Quiz Bowl as sophomores Bill Sweeney, Dawn Salley, Derek Morgan, and Cory Walsh handily beat NC State in the first round and Montgomery Community College in the finals. Haywood's archers kept up the tempo with a first and second place finish, and HCC's defending log roll team of Frank Potts, Jeremy Graves, Dawn Salley, and Rance Rogers made their under-a-minute win look easy. The lumberjacks placed in almost every event, but secured a blowout with other 1st place finishes in the following events:

  • Pulp Toss--Haywood's Sophomore A-Team
  • Water Boil--Derek Morgan
  • Pole Climb--Seth Snow
  • Bolt Split-- Jarrett Guffey
  • Jack and Jill Crosscut--Daniel Jones and Dawn Salley
  • Men's Crosscut--Daniel Jones and Chris Chappell
  • Single Buck--Daniel Jones
  • Men's Chainsaw--Daniel Jones
  • Women's Horizontal Speed Chop--Sarah Miller