The best target shooters in the USA all gathered in Hamilton Ohio to wrap up the grand finale of the US Archery tour, the 129th US National Target Championships and the US Open. The National Target Championships consist of archers shooting 144 arrow ranking round at various distances depending on the class to seed them for the bracketed single elimination US Open. Awards and podiums are awarded at each event in both recurve and compound disciplines.
National Target Championships
Hoyt recurve rock star Brady Ellison shot a solid 1344 to take the top spot on the podium and Jacob Wukie shot a 1334 to claim the silver. Both archers are shooting the ION-X with F7 limbs.
In the men’s compound division, Bridger Deaton shot a 1388 and Jesse Broadwater with a 1385 had solid performances taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. Deaton shoots the Pro Comp XL with Spiral-X cams and Broadwater shoots his record setting Pro Comp Elite with Spiral-X cams.
In the women’s compound division Erika Jones had an outstanding performance and set a new national record with a 1412. Jones shoots the Pro Comp Elite with the super smooth and forgiving GTX cams. Jamie Van Natta and her Pro Comp Elite XL with Spiral X cams claimed the second spot on the podium with a 1384.
Brady Ellison did not let up on anyone and dominated every match, all the way to the end and met up against the number two seed, Jacob Wukie. Ellison won the gold with a set score of 6 to 2.
The men’s compound shooters had the tables turn with Rodger Willett Jr. and his Pro Comp Elite XL with Spiral-X cams, lay down some really good scores in the tricky wind. He ultimately met Jesse Broadwater in the gold medal match and sealed the deal with Willett 146 to Broadwater’s 144. Hoyt pro shooter Josh Binger finished in a solid fourth place with his Pro Comp Elite XL with GTX cams.
With the momentum of a new national record under her belt, Erika Jones bested the field and won all of her matches and met up against fellow Hoyt Pro Diane Watson. Jones defeated Watson with a 141 to 132. Jamie Van Natta made a triumphant comeback after losing to Watson in the semi-final, taking the bronze with a commanding 143 to her opponents’ 128.
To see the complete results to the 128th US National Target Championships and the US Open, visit www.ianseo.net
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Photo Credit: USA Archery & Teresa Iaconi