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YANKTON, South Dakota - The U.S. National Field Championships concluded today after archers competed at 24 targets of unmarked distances yesterday and 24 targets at marked distances today. Field Nationals is shot in a rural setting with uneven terrain and natural obstacles and is an annual favorite for adventurous archers of all experience levels!
The fun continues tomorrow as the top eight archers in each category compete in the U.S. World Archery Field Championships Team Trials for a spot on the U.S. team headed to Dublin, Ireland in late September.
As the first mandatory event for the inaugural Barebow USAT team, the barebow senior men's division was the largest on the field. 2015 reigning champion John Demmer III led the field over two days to win the event title just ahead of Richard Stonebreaker and Ben Rogers. Mark Hodges, Skip Trafford and David Robinson led the barebow master men and Jenifer Stoner took the barebow master women's win over Rebecca Nelson and Laurie Robinson.
For the barebow senior women, Julie Robinson won the national champion title ahead of Ruth Delzell and Kim Hartman. Mark Schlaudraff took the win for the junior barebow men, while Ryland Hartman and Wilson Watson took second and third. Abigail Weir, Laura Hughes, and Jessica Shuler were the top finishers for the barebow junior women while William Anderson and William Watson medaled in the barebow cadet men's bracket.
The recurve and compound senior archers earned points with their finishes towards the prestigious Easton and Shenk awards, which will be presented at the USA Archery Awards Dinner at Outdoor Nationals later this month in Decatur, Alabama. The Easton and Shenk awards are given to the top male and female compound and recurve archers based on combined scores from U.S. Indoor National Championships, Field Nationals, and the U.S. National Target Championships.
Winning the U.S. National Field Champion title, Brady Ellison led the senior recurve men's field ahead of Vic Wunderle and his 2016 U.S. Olympic Archery Teammate Jake Kaminski. Heather Koehl took the win for the senior recurve women over LaNola Pritchard and Allison Eaton who finished silver and bronze. Dave Cousins was the top finisher for the compound senior men, just ahead of Jesse Broadwater and Steve Anderson, while Jamie Van Natta had a steady lead on the compound senior women just points above Crystal Gauvin and Heather Gore. Toja Ellison and Linda Ochoa-Anderson won the guest division.
Wyndell Wilhelm, David Wearne and Gary Yamaguchi were the respective gold, silver and bronze medalists in the recurve master men's division while Richard Smith, Jerry Shuck and David Sears went 1-2-3 for the compound master men and Debra Sieloff won the compound master women's field.
A competitive junior recurve men's division saw Collin Klimitchek take a wide margin win over Hardy Trafford and Alex Gilliam. Anna Miscione won the junior recurve women's title ahead of Miriam Trafford and Karissa Yamaguchi. Maxwell Harman, Nathaniel Nam, Shannon Anderson and Nazhhrudin were the sole entrants in their recurve youth divisions.
Eli Hughes, Steven Collins and Connor Sears finished with medals for the compound junior men while Savannah, Sophia Strachan and Cassidy Cox led a very competitive compound junior women's field. Emily Rick, Hailey Johnson, and Jacob Ricke were the sole entrants in the compound youth divisions, while Madison Perry and Hatley Hetletved finished first and second for the compound bowmen women.
Complete results from the competition can be found here. Stay tuned for results from the World Team Trials tomorrow. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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