by Keith Robinson
Al Meyer, a senior forestry student at Purdue in the spring semester, practiced the underhand chop as he prepared for the Stihl Timbersports Series Midwest Qualifier for collegiate lumberjack athletes. Meyer, who also was president of the Purdue Forestry Club, represented the university in the qualifier April 9 at Purdue. He won the underhand chop event and finished second overall.
The collegiate Midwest qualifier of the Stihl Timbersports competition that was held at Purdue University will be shown over five dates in July on ESPNU.
Dates and times of the 30-minute program on ESPN's college sports network are (all times Eastern):
* Friday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
* Sunday, July 3, at 10 a.m.
* Sunday, July 10, at 10 a.m.
* Sunday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m.
* Sunday, July 31, at 8 a.m.
The qualifier was held April 7 on Purdue's campus. Representing Purdue was Al Meyer, then a senior forestry student from Greensburg, Ind., and president of the Purdue Forestry Club. He won the underhand chop event and finished tied for second overall.
The annual collegiate series has more than 60 participating colleges and universities, including Purdue. Teams and forestry clubs from the schools select their best athlete to compete in the single buck, stock saw, standing block chop and underhand chop using professional rules and professional-sized wood.
The top collegiate athlete from each of five regional qualifiers receives a $1,000 scholarship and advances to the collegiate championship to be held during the Oregon State Fair in Salem on Aug. 26-28. The champion will earn a spot in the 2012 professional series.