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Following the completion of the 2011 National Field Championships, Jennifer Nichols, Brady Ellison, Jamie Van Natta and Jesse Broadwater have been crowned this year's National Field Champions.
This year's event, held in Yankton, South Dakota, immediately prior to the World Outdoor Archery Festival, had archers shooting for two days, on unmarked and marked field courses, following the format used by World Archery. The cumulative score for each archer determined their placement within their category.
Many of the sport's top names came out to play this weekend, including World Championship silver medalist Jesse Broadwater, Olympians Jennifer Nichols and Brady Ellison, and multi-time World Record holder Jamie Van Natta. There was serious depth of talent in nearly all of the categories, including the cadet, junior and master divisions.
For the recurve men, Ellison established his lead on the first day of competition and retained a strong hold on the top spot, finishing as the national champion in both unmarked and marked for a total of 724. He was followed by fellow Resident Athlete Jake Kaminski, who shot a 355 unmarked and a 340 marked to end with 724. Philip Baldowski ended his tournament in the third position with a 601.
For the recurve women, Nichols also established a strong lead early on, with a 339 the first day and a 340 for the marked, posting a 679 for the championship title. She was followed by Heather Koehl, who scored a 328 unmarked and 329 marked to take second. Kari Jill Granville shot a consistent 280 on both the unmarked and marked courses to finish in third place with a 560.
The compound women's group was a small but competitive one, with Van Natta finishing first in both unmarked and marked courses, shooting a 401 and 405 respectively to become the 2011 National Field Champion. Paige Pearce, shooting a 399 and 386, takes the second spot with her overall score of 785, while Samantha Neal will end the event in third, shooting a cumulative 770.
Broadwater takes his national championship title with a 419 and 425 on the unmarked and marked courses, respectively, finishing with a strong 844. He was followed by Dave Cousins, shooting a close 418 on the first day and 415 on the second for a total 833, and Kevin Wilkey, shooting a 414 and 419 for a cumulative 833 also. Though the cumulative score was tied, Cousins led on the 6+5 count, while Wilkey led on the 6 count.
Also claiming national championship titles this weekend were Earle Bateman IV in the recurve master men's category, and Lynn Walter for the recurve master women; Dee Wilde wins the honor for the compound master men's group, while Lora Smith is the new national field champion for the compound master women. Other champions included Evan Scudner in the compound junior men's category; Danny Button in the compound cadet men's group; Catherine Thomas for the compound cadet women; John Klus Jr. for the compound bowmen men; Kyle Thomson for compound cub men; Gary McCain for barebow men; Rebecca Nelson-Harris for barebow women; Jerry Grabman for barebow master men; and Dale East for compound fingers master men.
The excitement of the World Outdoor Archery Festival kicks off tomorrow with the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Outdoor National Championships, and continues this week with USA Archery's National Target Championships and the Hoyt World Open. Several hundred of the world's top archers are expected to compete this week for their possible share of over $54000 in cash prizes and a new car shoot-off.
Follow USA Archery on Facebook and Twitter for photos and updates throughout the National Target Championships and Hoyt World Open, and visit http://www.ianseo.net for live scoring during both of those events.
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