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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The final USAT series event of the year ends this weekend with the Mathews Texas Shootout. As the race for ranking points hits a high, competition was as hot as the sun on this beautiful day.
Carson Sapp led the compound cadet men's division with a wide margin to take the top qualification spot. "We had perfect conditions today," Carson commented. On mental game for the tournament he added: "There was one point where I was getting in my head, but my dad told me: 'don't worry about score, just focus on form and shoot your shot and you'll be good.'"
Olympian Mackenzie Brown also led an incredibly tough bracket today on the recurve senior women's field. Just outshooting Olympic medalists Aida Roman of Mexico and Khatuna Lorig, the scores were high and the win was impressive. Brown commented: "The competition was really nice. I had some things I was working on with Coach Woo (the new National Women's Head Coach) and I was really excited with my performance because I was working on a couple of things in practice and was happy to see them carry over into competition."
As Brown and her teammates are gearing up for next month's World Championships, she added that this level of competition is great training: "I think it's great preparation because all of the people here create that extra level of pressure. Knowing how you react to those pressures is good because you can't simulate that in practice no matter what kind of practice you do so it's good to have that kind of a push in our competitions."
Competition resumes tomorrow with elimination matches. USA Archery is unveiling a new photo website this weekend. While still a work in progress on uploading past archives, photos from this weekend will be available at www.usaarchery.smugmug.com. Results are available here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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