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July 09, 2011

Competition Heats Up at Easton JOAD Nationals

Discovery Park in Sacramento, California is the site for this year's Easton Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) National Championships, the national competition designed to select the JOAD Grand National Champion in each category. Archers are grouped for competition based on age, gender and equipment style, and compete in a two-day, 144-arrow single distance qualification round; team rounds; and an elimination round, the combination of which will determine the winner for each category.

The event opened to hot temperatures and sunny skies this week, and today, archers completed their qualification rounds. Leading qualifications in the recurve bowman women category were Mikayla Venoms (MI) with 1285; Anushka Hassan (TX) with 1276, and Alexa Claps (WA), shooting a 1262. For the recurve bowman men, it was Austin Cha (CO) leading the group with a 1348, followed by Ryan Oliver (FL) with 1306, and Hardy Trafford (LA), scoring a 1299.

In the recurve cub women's group, Miriam Trafford (LA) led with a 1221, followed by Faith Northcutt (KS) with 1201, and Kimie Roop (WA), shooting an 1190. The recurve cub men were led by Jake Ohlendorf (CA) with a 1292, Jack Thomas (CA), shooting a 1254, and Jason Kim (CA), who scored a 1225.

The recurve cadets made up the largest categories in this tournament with a registration of over 260 archers. The recurve cadet women were led by Lauren Clamon (CA) with 1265, followed by Michelle Gilbert (MD) with a 1262 and Mackenzie Brown (TX), shooting a 1259. For the recurve cadet men, it was Matthew Zumbo (CA) who led with a 1315; Chris Luman (GA) qualified second with 1306, and Alex Wifler (IL) ended in third with a 1301.

The recurve junior women were led by Holly Stover (MI), who shot a 1218; Shannon Ostling (WA) ranked second with 1171, followed by Emily Blake (VT) with an 1116. For the recurve junior men, it was Peter Kelchner (CA) leading the pack with his score of 1315; Daniel McLaughlin (OH) qualified second with 1293, followed by 2010 Youth Olympic Games team member Benjamin Chu (NY) with 1261.

On the compound side, it was Cinder Sexton (AZ) leading the way for the compound bowman women with her score of 1376; Jordan Locklin (GA) qualified second with 1359, while Lindsay Weatherspoon (UT) ended in third, shooting a 1308. For the compound bowman men, it was John Klus Jr. (WI) who ended in first with 1393; he was followed by Tristan Frerich (TX) with 1385 and Spencer Yee (AZ), who scored a 1349.

Competition in the compound cub women's group was between first place qualifier Allie Blazek (CO) with her score of 1401, Prilentka Pengal (CA), shooting a 1318, and Ashley Wilson (CA) in the third spot, shooting a 1277. For the compound cub men, Michael Decosta (CA) led the pack with a 1415, followed by Kaden Pearce (CA), shooting a 1363, and Todd Edgar (GA) with a 1349.

Scores between the compound cadet women were very competitive, with Emily Fischer (TX) qualifying first by five points with a 1366; Paige Pearce (CA) took the second spot with 1361, while Hunter Jackson (MI) was just three points behind with 1358. On the men's side, it was Riley Whiting (UT) who came in first with 1393, followed by Bridger Deaton (IA) with 1386, and Danny Button with 1384.

For the juniors, Carli Cochran (PA) led the compound women with 1373; she was followed by Kailey Johnston (GA) with her score of 1373, and Sara Lance (MI) who shot a 1364 to qualify number three. The compound junior men were headed by Garrett Abernathy (SC), shooting a 1412; Ben Cleland (OH) in second with his score of 1391, and Connor Kelly (CA) with a 1388 for third.

Complete results from today's qualification round, and live scoring througout the event, can be viewed by clicking here. The competition for the title of JOAD Grand National Champion will continue on Sunday with elimination round match play in each of the categories. On Monday, the top eight archers from the qualification round, in the cadet and junior compound and recurve categories, male and female, will all compete in the World Archery Youth Championships Team Trials, which will select the team that will represent the United States in Legnica, Poland in August.

USA Archery thanks title sponsor Easton for its support of this national event. For more information on the Easton JOAD National Championships, click here; for more information on the World Archery Youth Championships Team Trials, click here. USA Archery is covering this event via Facebook and Twitter; "like" USA Archery on Facebook and follow "usaarchery" on Twitter for access to event photos and updates throughout the event.

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