Leek Takes Third Consecutive SoCal Showdown Title
Chula Vista, CA - Today was another beautiful day for
archery at the SoCal Showdown, the fourth of five USAT Qualifier Series Events
for 2012, with plenty of sun and only a little bit of wind. There was a small
earthquake nearby that was felt by some competitors. The quake was not serious
and the only thing truly earthshaking today was the intense competition. The elimination rounds were full of surprise
upsets with many of the favorites going out in the early rounds.
Jake Kaminski and Brady Ellison faced off in the bronze
medal match that ended in a shoot-off. Ellison shot a solid 9 but Kaminski shot
an X to clinch the bronze medal. Joe Fanchin met Jeff Anderson, who earlier
defeated No.1 ranked Jacob Wukie, in the gold medal match. Fanchin took an
early 4-0 lead and never looked back. He won in straight sets beating Anderson
Five time Olympian Khatuna Lorig shot against Heather Koehl
for the bronze medal. Koehl shot well but she couldn’t topple Lorig who won the
match 6-2. The gold medal bout between Miranda Leek and Mackenzie Brown was a
back and forth battle until the end. After three ends the score was tied at
3-3. Brown took the fourth end giving her a 5-3 lead over Leek. This match
wouldn’t end easy, as Leek took the fifth set forcing a shoot-off. In the
shoot-off Brown shot a good 10 but Leek shot a perfect X to clinch the gold
medal. This gold medal is Leek’s third in a row at the SoCal Showdown.
Connor Kelly met Reza Zamaninejad in the men’s compound
bronze medal match. The two were neck and neck throughout the match but
Zamaninejad pulled off the win 145-144. Reo Wilde has had a dominating archery
season this year. He has competed in 15 national and international tournaments
and he has won 12 of them. It is no surprise then that he ended up in the gold
medal match and won in a dominating fashion beating Chris Oosterlinck 149-137.
In the women’s compound bronze medal match Lexi Keller
defeated Carli Cochran 142-132. The gold medal match between Jamie Van Natta
and Erika Anschutz was close until the final end. Anschutz was able to secure a
one-point victory over Van Natta 142-142.
For complete results, visit http://ianseo.net/Details.php?toId=274.
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