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Fighting the flood

Updated: August 13, 2008, 10:16 AM ET
By Kyle Carter | ESPNOutdoors.com

It certainly wasn't Collegiate STIHL TIMBERSPORTS competitor Ben Vandermyde's best competition. Not even close, really.

He finished dead last in two of the three events, and last overall.

But who can blame the recent Southern Illinois University-Carbondale graduate? His dreams of winning the collegiate title had been washed away for weeks — four to be exact.

When he picked up the ax for the underhand chop — the first collegiate event — it marked the first time ...

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