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June 07, 2017

Ellison and Anderson Lead World Cup Antalya Qualification Hours After Field Nationals Podiums

ANTALYA, Turkey - After arriving late last night from the U.S. National Field Championships, where two-time defending World Field Champion Brady Ellison picked up another national champion title and a spot on the U.S. team for the World Games, Ellison led the recurve men's field in qualification with a 686 for a 9-point berth over the rest of the division. 

"For the weather here and how I've been practicing, it was about where I should have shot," Ellison shared with World Archery. "The wind picked up in that second half a bit and I made a couple of mistakes, but overall I'm happy with the result." He added that if there hadn't been a rising breeze over the back 36 arrows, he would have liked to have been in the mid-690s, after a first half score of 347 - just three points off track of the world record 700. 

Steve Anderson was also a late arrival to the event after picking up a podium finish at the U.S. Field National Championships. Just a point out of first, Anderson sealed the second seed with a 709 to lead the consistently strong U.S. squad of Reo Wilde and Braden Gellenthien who ranked 7th and 11th respectively for the top team qualification score just ahead of Denmark.

World Archery shared that over the last 24 months, Braden Gellenthien has held the highest average arrow score over the preceding with 9.782, ahead of USA teammate Bridger Deaton with 9.756 who ranked 21st today in an extremely tight scoring field. 

For the compound women, Cassidy Cox, who made her first World Cup appearance in Shanghai earlier this year, was the top U.S. scorer qualifying 13th with a 683. Just a point behind, Lexi Keller's 682 put her 19th with Danielle Reynolds and Dahlia Crook not far behind that. Reynolds, Keller and Cox qualified 7th as a team to face Colombia in their first match tomorrow. 

For the U.S. Archery Team, the second stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup series is not a required event, and many new faces are making their World Cup debuts this weekend. Joining Ellison in the team event are Matthew Requa and Chris Webster, for a new team lineup for the U.S.

Anna Miscione was the top recurve woman, qualifying 48th to join Ellison in the mixed team event with a 13th place seed. Also ranking 13th as a women's recurve team, Sabrina Leong and Jennifer Schneider will compete alongside Miscione in team matches tomorrow.

Miscione and Ellison were a strong force in the mixed team competition, upsetting 4th seed Italy 5-1 and then No. 5 Germany, again 5-1 in the quarterfinals with a perfect 40 to seal the deal. Facing top ranked Chinese Taipei in the semifinals, the archers from Taipei took a 2-0 lead with a 40 in the first set,

4th seeded Cox and Anderson took an easy 157-150 win over Germany in the first round and then matched Italy arrow for arrow in the quarterfinals until the last end where Italy took a single point lead to advance 157-156.

Competition resumes tomorrow with early individual elimination matches in the morning and team rounds through the semifinals in the afternoon. Complete results from today's competition can be found here. For more, follow USA Archery on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Some information attributed to World Archery. Photo by World Archery. 


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