The best target shooters in the nation converged at the USA Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA this past weekend for the ultimate target archery show-down. At this tournament, recurve shooters shoot the traditional World Archery round with 36 arrows at each of the four distances. Recurve men shoot 90m/70m/60m/30m and the recurve women shot 70m/60m/50m/30m and all recurve eliminations are shot at 70m. Compound archers shoot all of the 144 arrow qualification and eliminations at 50m.
Brady Ellison and his ION-X were number one all weekend in the men’s recurve division. Qualifying with a 1314, Ellison held tight to his number one rank and dominated every match to win the gold. Hoyt shooter Daniel McLaughlin was unstoppable until he faced Ellison, taking the silver.
Hoyt Formula shooters, Heather Koehl and Ariel Gibilaro put on their own showdown. Winning every match up until they met each other, Koehl won the match outright 6-0, leaving Gibilaro with the silver.
In the men’s compound division, Reo Wilde was off to a good start with a number one qualifying round with a solid 1409, 11 points higher than the number two ranked Tim Gillingham. As the matches progressed, Bridger Deaton defeated Wilde sending him to the bronze medal match and Deaton went on to face the number two ranked Gillingham, however, Gillingham had an early lead on Deaton and won the gold with a 146 to Deaton’s 141. Wilde won the bronze medal match with a 146 to 144. All three men shoot the Pro Comp Elite XL.
The Compound women saw to very familiar faces top the podium. It was another epic show-down between Erika Jones and Jamie Van Natta. The number one ranked Jamie Van Natta, maintained her ranking and won the gold with a 142 over Jone’s 139. Rounding out the Hoyt medal count to nine out of twelve podium positions for Team Hoyt.
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Photo Credit: USA Archery