Cassidy Scheer

New STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Women’s and Collegiate Champions Crowned

Martha King dominates for an impressive women’s title win, Andrew Sergent takes the Collegiate title

Martha King continued to prove she’s one of the best athletes in the sport. The Chadds Ford, Pa.-native won the 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Women’s Championship by four points. After finishing in the middle of the pack in the first discipline (stock saw), she dominated the final two disciplines – the singlebuck and underhand chop – to win her first title.

“I’ve been working toward this for a long time. This is such a joy to win,” said King. “Women continue to show what they can do in this sport, and I’m fortunate to be competing along with these other great competitors.”

King has been a dominant presence in the Women’s Division for years. She finished third in the inaugural Women’s Division Championship in 2017, and second in 2018.

She competed against nine of the top women’s athletes in the country, and beat out 2018 champion Erin LaVoie (who finished second) and third-place finisher Kate Witkowski. King earned a John Deere gator as part of her championship prize package for the victory. LaVoie was awarded a Duluth Trading Company prize pack for her second-place finish.

Andrew Sergent earned a hard-fought victory in the 2019 Collegiate Championship. Sergent, who attends West Virginia University, has qualified for the Collegiate Championship for four straight years. He previously finished in third (2016) and second (2017, 2018) before breaking through in a truly impressive performance. His victory also earns him a spot on Team USA at The World Championships in Prague.

“This sport has been great for me to compete in for four years. It feels great to finally get to the top of the podium,” said Sergent.

At the Championship, eight collegiate athletes representing five regions compete in four disciplines – the stock saw, standing block chop, singlebuck and underhand chop. Sergent got off to a slow start, finishing in sixth place in the stock saw. The stock saw competition was a thriller with Kyle Whitmore from the University of Maine setting a collegiate stock saw record of 11.59. The record did not last long as three competitors – Koby Gutsch (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point), Darby Hand (Haywood Community College), and Wesley Bodenheimer (Montgomery Community College) broke it in quick succession. Bodenheimer finished with a time of 10.81, setting the collegiate record.

Sergent dominated the remainder of the competition. He won the next three disciplines – the standing block chop, singlebuck and underhand chop – earning a two-point Championship victory over second-place finisher, Gutsch. Will Kraemer of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo finished in third.

Sergent earned a $2000 scholarship from John Deere and a $1500 prize pack from Duluth Trading Company for his win, and Gutsch earned a $1000 prize pack from Duluth Trading Company and a $500 prize certificate from STIHL for finishing second.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Championships aired live on the sport’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Fans can re-watch the livestreams: Women’s and Collegiate. Fans can also watch the Championships on CBS Sports Network beginning in mid-September. There will be 15 shows on CBS Sports Network throughout the year, and one show on CBS in November.

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