Archery Champions and Rising Stars Shine in Texas Shootout
College Station, Texas – The final arrows have been shot in
the USAT Qualifier Series for 2012, at the American Whitetail Texas Shootout.
There were some close matches and one finals showstopper in today’s
competition, which featured USA Archery Resident Athletes winning several key
recurve matches, as well as a perfect score of 150 in the men’s compound gold
medal match by Reo Wilde.
Reo Wilde just can’t be kept out of the finals this year; it
was no surprise to fans to see him in yet another gold medal matchup. With one
end to go, Wilde had an eight point lead of 120-112 over his opponent Thomas
Gomez. Wilde finished with three tens for a perfect 150 points to edge out Gomez.
With a clean score of 150, Wilde clinched the gold, giving Thomas the silver.
In the bronze medal match Rodger Willett, Jr. had a ten-point
lead going into the final end. He led Hunter Barthels, recently returned from
the World Archery Field Championships, with a 120-110. In the final end both
archers shot a 28, bringing the final score to 148-138 in favor of Willett.
Jamie Van Natta shot against Erika Anschutz in the gold
medal match, making this contest a showdown between two of the world’s best
compound archers. After four ends Van Natta led 117-115, needing to shoot
strong in the final end in order to hold off a tough opponent in Anschutz. Van
Natta closed with a perfect 30 points to secure a 3-point victory of 147-144.
Brittany Lorenti faced Diane Watson in the bronze medal
match. With only one end to go the score was tied at 116-116. Watson shot a 29
to Lorenti’s 27 to give Watson a 2 point victory at 145-143. With a strong
qualification score yesterday and solid match play wins today, Lorenti had a
positive outlook despite the loss to Watson: “I worked really hard this summer
and I’m finally back to feeling like me…it feels awesome.”
Nick Kale met Jeremiah Cusick in the bronze medal match.
After four sets the score was 5-3 in favor of Cusick. Despite strong shooting
from Kale, Cusick pulled of the bronze medal win 7-3, clinching his first-ever
podium finish in the senior men’s event.
Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski faced each other in a heated
gold medal match. After four sets the
score was tied at 4-4. In the fifth set the archers tied, bringing the score to
5-5 and forcing a shoot-off. In the shoot-off both archers shot a 9. After the
judges measured to see which arrow was closest to the center, no determination
could be made, forcing another shoot-off arrow.
Kaminski said, "Literally the exact same spot, you couldn't have placed it
closer." In the second shoot-off Kaminski shot a 9 but it was
Ellison who would come away with the win by shooting a 10, taking the Texas
Three-time Olympian Jennifer Hardy (Nichols) took an early lead
and never let up, winning the gold medal match over 2012 Olympic Team Alternate
Heather Koehl, 6-0. Koehl is a recent graduate of the Resident Athlete program,
having recently left the Olympic Training Center to pursue her education.
The bronze medal match between Erin Mickelberry and
Mackenzie Brown was tied 2-2 after two sets. Then Brown began to pull ahead,
taking the third set, tying the fourth and winning the fifth outright to take
the match, 7-3. This is Brown’s second senior podium finish in 2012, following
a silver medal win at last month’s SoCal Showdown.
When asked about the strong finishes from archers in the
Resident Athlete program, including podium finishes from Ellison, Kaminski, Cusick,
Koehl and Brown, Guy Krueger, USA Archery Assistant Head Coach, commented: “I
think we are starting to see a lot more depth; a lot of our athletes are taking
turns at winning events.”
were ranked with senior archers for today’s elimination round match play, while
cadet archers competed in an
elimination round yesterday that did not count for US Archery Team ranking
purposes, but gave the archers valuable match play experience. A recap of the
Recurve Cadet Men
Collin Klimitchek, who finished first in the ranking round faced
Jake Ohlendorf in the gold medal match. Kimitchek won the match 6-4.
Zachary Garrett took and early lead over Kent Nitta and
continued to shoot strong for a 7-1 victory in the bronze medal match.
Recurve Cadet Women
Karissa Yamaguchi met Jenna Ahn in the gold medal match.
Both shooters shot strong but Yamaguchi was able to win the match 6-2.
Anna Miscione faced Allysa Posecion in the bronze medal match. Miscione would win
the match in straight sets 6-0.
Compound Cadet Women
Allie Blazek met Danielle Reynolds in a very close gold
medal match. Reynolds was able to edge out Blazek for a three point win of 140-137.
Emily Fischer faced Emily Bee in the bronze medal match. It
was a back and fourth battle but Bee would come out on top wining the match 139-134.
Compound Cadet Men
Chris Bee shot against Alexander Olson in the gold medal
match. It was a close match right until the end but Bee was able to secure a
three point win of 136-133.
Tyler Green and Greg Fink met in a nail biter bronze medal
match. The match was close all the way until the last end but Green was able to
hang on for a one point victory of 137-136.
Photos from the event are
available on USA Archery’s Facebook page; for complete scores and live
results, visit http://ianseo.net/Details.php?toId=273.