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ESF’s Timber Sports Team Takes First Place at Spring Meet

Syracuse, N.Y. – May 7, 2024 – The Timber Sports team of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) brought home first-place honors from the Spring Woodsmen’s Meet held at Paul Smiths College in April.

The victory is a return to the top spot after a 2011 win. Ten schools competed in the season’s biggest competition. ESF’s Jack and Jill team placed first – the first time since 2011 – and the men’s and women’s teams brought home second-place honors.

ESF had first-place event finishes in:

  • Single buck and scoot load – team captain Quinn Maeglin
  • Super Swede - Julius Radakovits
  • Scoot load - Brianna Lucynski
  • Axe throw - Kaitlynn Ferry
  • Stock saw - Siobhan Scully
  • Pulp toss and log roll (team events) – Cole Grant, Ferry, Lucynski, Maeglin, Radakovits, and Scully.

“We are so proud of our Jack and Jill team for their performance this past spring semester,” said Jill Rahn, timber sports coach. “There were multiple personal records during this meet, which helped push them into first place. This team demonstrated excellent sportsmanship this entire semester and their positive attitudes even in the coldest and rainiest conditions were a huge part of their success.”

Earlier this season, the Jack and Jill team placed first at meets at Finger Lakes Community College and SUNY Cobleskill.

“The northeast division of collegiate timber sports is full of excellent competitors and strong teams. To be able to win as many meets as we did is difficult under normal circumstances but with such a strong Jack and Jill division this year, we had to step up and prove ourselves,” said senior Radakovits. “It wasn’t always easy but every single one of us gave it our all and it paid off in the end.”

The men’s and women’s teams also had strong showings at the Spring Meet to bring home second-place honors.

  • Women’s Team first-place finishes:
  • Doubles Canoe - Maya Castro
  • Cross Cut to Death - Kaisa Mackey
  • Doubles Canoe - Sophia Ryan
  • Cross Cut to Death - Bleu Stahl

Men’s Team first-place finishes:

  • Axe Throw - Aidan Ahrens
  • Single Buck - Ashton Colby
  • Super Swede - Jacob Dietz


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.