WABI, WVII interview students at UMaine Woodsmen Team meet

WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) covered the University of Maine Woodsmen Team’s annual home meet on Feb. 16 at the J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center in Old Town. Nineteen teams from eight New England schools competed in a variety of timber sports at the event, one of eight competitions the UMaine team participates in throughout the academic year. “Basically you’re trying to use your legs more than your arms,” said Jason Henson, president of the team. “You’re going to get tired out if you end up using your arms too much. It’s really about form. Everyone thinks you need to be a big, tough guy, but you don’t.” The team, with members of all majors, trains five days a week starting in September, and sells firewood to raise money, WABI reported. “It’s a really fun sport and I wish a lot more people would get into it. We’re a little slim in numbers, so it’d be nice to see more people out here,” said Kyle Whitmore, vice president of the team. “A lot of people look at it and think it’s just hard work, but I think it’s more fun than that.”