Hottest Archery Talent and Rising Stars Meet in Ohio for Record Setting National Championships
HAMILTON, Ohio - With the race for national
championship titles already hot, archers across America are spending these last
few days getting ready for the 129th US National Target Championships/US Open and Easton JOAD Nationals,
which begin here on Wednesday.
Still riding the
wave of excitement from the 2012 Olympic Games and the Hollywood spotlight on
archery, this year has seen sustained growth of the sport with record
attendance at almost every USAT Qualifier Series Event this season. With an
unheard-of 701 registered archers competing, including over 475 youth
competitors – at least 170 of whom are cadets –the tournament promises intense
competition while capturing the spirit of the archery community.
The events afford
youth and adult archers alike the opportunity to compete alongside Olympians
and World Champions, including Brady Ellison (Chula Vista, Calif.), Reo Wilde
(Pocatello, Idaho), Erika Jones (Grand Island, Neb.), Jamie VanNatta (Toledo,
Ohio), Braden Gellenthien (College Station, Tex.), Khatuna Lorig (West
Hollywood, Calif.), the entire 2012 US Olympic Archery Team and the 2013 World
Archery Championships Team.
There are also
many younger archers making their mark this year. Emerging stars include
Bridger Deaton (Pella, Iowa), Lexi Keller (Omro, Wisc.), Tyson Pruitte (Hamlet,
N.C.), Danielle Reynolds (Gilbert, Ariz.), Lauren Clamon (Chula Vista, Calif.),
Mackenzie Brown (Chula Vista, Calif.), Jeremiah Cusick (Chula Vista, Calif.)
and Collin Klimitichek (Chula Vista, Calif.). International guests include
archers from Chinese Taipei, Canada, Algeria, Taiwan, and Japan.
Senior and Master
archers competing in the 129th US National Target Championships and will
compete in a 144-arrow, four-distance round over two days, for a chance at the
National Championship title. The US National Target Championships also serves
as the qualification round for the US Open, which will take place on July 13.
Easton JOAD Nationals competitors (Junior, Cadet, Cub, Bowman) will shoot two
72-arrow rounds over two days, at a single distance that is determined by their
age group and equipment style. Those seeking the title of Grand National
Champion will compete in qualification, team and elimination rounds.
There will be a
free autograph session with the World Archery Championships Team during the
Welcome BBQ and Opening Ceremonies on July 10th. Barbecue tickets are $13 for adults and $9
per child, and must be purchased by 3:00 p.m. on July 10, at the Butler County tent.
Paralympians, who are participating as archers, coaches and event staff, will
also be honored during USA Archery’s Olympic Day celebration on July 13th,
also the day of the US Open, a day to celebrate the Olympic movement and
All results will be available at http://www.ianseo.net. Follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for photos
and updates from the field throughout the competition. Fans and competitors are encouraged to post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #JOADNationals and #OutdoorNationals. Additionally, all members
of USA Archery are invited and encouraged to attend the USA Archery Annual
Meeting on July 11th.
USA Archery (USAA)
is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United
States. USAA selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, Para
World Championship, Pan Am and Parapan Am teams, as well as developing archery at
the grassroots level across the United States. Thousands of archers participate
in USA Archery's National Championship and United States Archery Team Qualifier
Series Events each year. The organization also educates and trains archery
instructors and coaches, and sanctions hundreds of regional, state and local
events each year. For more information, visit http://www.usarchery.org.