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June 27, 2011

Nor'easter Awards Championship Medals

The second annual Nor'easter, presented by B-Stinger, was the fourth United States Archery Team (USAT) Qualifier Series Event of 2011, and produced some surprises in the second and final day of competition, as well as a new, unofficial World Record.

Archers competed under sunny skies on Sunday, with warm temperatures and a slight, variable breeze. Shooters across three age groups took to the field, with juniors and seniors shooting for championship titles, while a separate, optional elimination was offered for cadets.

Advancing to the quarterfinals for the recurve women were World Archery Championship Team members Khatuna Lorig and Miranda Leek; joining them were 2000 Olympian Karen Scavotto and Resident Athlete Holly Stover. Lorig and Stover both won their semifinal matches versus Leek and Scavotto, respectively; facing one another for the gold medal match, it was a tough battle, with Stover eventually taking the lead and surpassing the four time Olympian Lorig, winning the match, 6-4. In the bronze match, Leek took the medal with a decisive 6-0 victory.

For the men, the semifinal matches were contested between Brady Ellison and Dan Schuller, and Resident Athletes Jake Kaminski and Nick Kale. Kaminski and Ellison both took their respective matches with 7-1 decisions; in the gold medal match, Kaminski was able to overtake the number one World Ranked Ellison, shooting six set points to Ellison's two to win the gold. Shooting for the bronze, Schuller claimed his spot on the podium after a 6-0 shutout versus Kale.

The compound women's medals were also closely contested; Erika Anschutz faced Diane Watson in the semifinals and won that match, while Jamie Van Natta punched her ticket to the gold medal match after defeating Marleigh Bogumil. The gold medal match was a standoff between powerhouse archers Anschutz and Van Natta, with Van Natta eventually taking the gold medal, 147-143. In the bronze match, it was Watson who earned the hardware, with a 143-142 win.

Competition was also very fierce on the compound men's side of the field, with Braden Gellenthien and Jesse Broadwater meeting in the semifinals, along with brothers Logan and Reo Wilde. Ultimately, Gellenthien and Reo Wilde earned their berths to the gold medal match, while Broadwater and Logan Wilde shot for bronze. Reo Wilde maintained a perfect performance in the gold medal match, hitting ten after ten to win the gold medal, setting a new (unofficial) World Record with his score of 150/10x to Gellenthien's 147.  In the bronze match, Broadwater prevailed with a 147-143 win.

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