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April 30, 2010

W's Stand For More Than Wins at Texas Shootout

There are a pair of new cowboys in town and they are best known as Jacob Wukie, a USA Archery resident athlete, and Logan Wilde, the younger brother of World Champion compound archer Reo Wilde. These new designations are bestowed upon Wukie, an Olympic hopeful, and Wilde, an upcoming star in compound archery, for their sharpshooting archery tactics at the recently finished Texas Shootout hosted by Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, April 23-25.


This national-level event, contested at the Texas A&M Lacrosse Fields, were in typical Texas fashion - big, windy and dramatic. Wukie, the 2009 U.S. National Championships runner-up in men's recurve, rebounded at the second national event of the 2010 season by upsetting three-time U.S. Olympian Vic Wunderle.


Both Wukie and Wunderle qualified for the finals in the ninth and 10th position of the qualification round with scores of 636 and 635, respectively. 2008 U.S. Olympia Brady Ellison, who finished fifth overall, won the qualification round with a 682 score.


Finishing third at the 2010 Texas Shootout in men's recurve was Staten Holmes, and Thomas Stanwood was fourth.


Over in the men's compound division, the younger Wilde climbed to the top of the award stand by defeating runner-up Ruben Ochoa of Mexico and older brother Reo, who finished third. Dugie Denton, a 2012 U.S. Paralympic hopeful, finished fourth overall after finishing 18th in the qualification round. Jesse Broadwater, who won the qualification round with a score of 685, finished sixth overall.


The women's recurve title was handed over to Kristin Braun, another USA Archery resident athlete. She also upended 2008 U.S. Olympian Jennifer Nichols. Coming into the finals, Nichols was seeded first by shooting a 583 in the qualification round, while Braun was second with a 581 score. The third and fourth positions were the same from the qualification round, with Miranda Leek finishing third, and USA Archery resident athlete Heather Koehl placing fourth.


The women's compound division was a tight race between the top four from the qualification round, with Jamie Van Natta coming out on top over Erika Anschutz, the 2009 World Championship team compound bronze medalist. Diane Watson, also a member of the 2009 World Championship team compound bronze medal team, finished third overall. Diane Johnston finished fourth.


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