Young Talent Shines Bright at SoCal Showdown
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – With
record-breaking attendance at the 2013 Flexor SoCal Showdown, the fourth and
final USAT Qualifier Series Event, there was an incredible amount of talent on
the field. Many young archers shot side by side with more experienced
competitors during the qualification round today. Windy conditions, especially
in the second half, caused massive gaps in point totals and showed the skills
of America’s top archers.
For cadet and junior
archers, the top eight archers per category will advance to the round robin match play of the World Archery Youth Championships - U.S. Team Trials.
For cadet recurve men, Colin
Klimitichek took gold, followed by Gabriel Perez from Baja, and Andrew Mateo
finished with the bronze medal. Joining Klimiticheck and Mateo in the trials
will be Geun Woo Kim, Dillon McMenamy, Joshua Moskow, Kent Nitta, Ralph Lawton,
and Jake Ohlendorf.
On the compound field Tyson Pruitte finished first,
followed by Christopher Bee and Hayden Eilinger, all of whom claim spots on the podium. Close behind
were Matthew Menke, Corey Wright, Justin Dixon, Will Raper, and Gabriel
Lauren Clamon clinched gold
for the female cadet recurve division. Rebecca Marquez of Baja took silver and
Anna Miscione finished third for bronze. Paige Hill, Jenna Ahn, Eliana Claps,
Stephanie Kim, Amanda Tamayo, and Karissa Yamaguchi will join the US podium
finishers for Monday’s round robin matches.
Danielle Reynolds finished with gold for the
compound cadet women, just ahead of Sonia Taniguchi and Emily Fischer. Allie
Blazek, Angelica Ramirez, Gabrielle Cyr, Allie Canaday and Carolina Estrada
also made the cut for the trials event.
Kailey Johnston shot
steadily all day to rank first for the junior compound women, just over Paige
Pearce and Kayleigh Rogers. Also heading to Monday's round robins will be Lexi Keller, Emily
Bee, Brogan Williams, Hunter Jackson and Kannsas Michaels.
On the junior men’s
side, rising star Bridger Deaton finished first well ahead of the rest of his
division. Danny Button, Steven Manfull, Alex Wilfer, DJ Hunt, Evan Zak, Hunter
Martin and Charlie Weinstein finished well enough to make the cut for the team trials event.
Matt Zumbo, Jeremiah
Cusick, Daniel McLaughlin, Sean McLaughlin, Matt Twombly, Benjamin Chu, Zachary
Garret and Daniel Cunningham will compete for spots on the World Archery Youth
Championships team as recurve junior men.
Recurve junior females Mackenzie Brown, Ariel Gibilaro, Elizabeth Caughell, LaNola Pritchard, Alexis
Drake, Katie Alexander, Madison Eich, and Lauren Meyer will also battle to make
Moving into elimination
matches tomorrow, the juniors will be combined with the seniors to fight for
champion titles and prize money. Brady Ellison was on top of the men’s recurve
division for most of the day and finished first, followed by Jake Kaminski, Joe
Fanchin, and Nick Kale. Khatuna Lorig fought hard to qualify first for the
female recurve women but finished with a solid lead over Miranda Leek, Gabriela
Bayardo of Mexico and Michelle Gilbert.
Reo Wilde had a solid victory in the compound men's group, qualifying first ahead of Tim Gillingham and Braden Gellenthien, while
Jamie Van Natta kept her hold on first in the compound women's category throughout the day. Other top
qualifiers were Erika Jones, Carli Cochran and Sarah Lance.
Make sure to look for live results from tomorrow’s elimination matches. All results will be
available at http://www.ianseo.net. Check out USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for
photos and updates from the field.