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June 25, 2011

World Team Members Lead Nor'easter Qualifications

Simcock Farm in Swansea, Mass., home of Goliath - the world's second-largest cow - is also hosting this weekend's Nor'easter, the season's fourth USAT Qualifer Series Event. The competition kicked off this morning under cloudy skies, with unseasonably cold temperatures and a variable breeze, and is the second event in the recently announced B-Stinger Triple Crown.

Almost all of the members of the 2011 World Archery Championships Team are competing this weekend, and several members of that team led today's qualifications, a hopeful sign as the team looks toward the World Archery Championships in Torino, Italy next week.

Erika Anschutz led the compound women's group, shooting a strong 1388 to qualify in first. Jamie Van Natta finished just behind with 1387, followed by Christie Colin with her score of 1369. On the men's side, it was Braden Gellenthien who ended the day on top with his 1418; reigning World Champion Reo Wilde ended a close second with 1417, while Dave Cousins rounded out the top three with 1416.

The recurves also fared well; it was Khatuna Lorig who finished in the first position, at 1332 points; rising star Miranda Leek ranked second with her score of 1329. They were followed by Resident Athlete Heather Koehl, shooting a 1296 for third. For the men, number one World Ranked Brady Ellison shot a 1337 to qualify first; he was followed by fellow Resident Athlete Jacob Wukie with a 1319, and Jake Kaminski, in third with the same score.

Top qualifiers for the juniors included Jeremiah Cusick and Holly Stover for the recurve men and women, shooting a 1253 and 1273, respectively; for the compounds, it was Levi Cyr and Micki Flick finishing on top, ending with 1366 and 1209.

Though cadets will participate in tomorrow's elimination round match play, today's qualification scores determined final finishes for their age group. For the compound cadet women, it was Gabrielle Cyr, Kannsas Michaels and Emily Bee winning gold, silver and bronze, respectively; for the men, Christopher Bee, Greg Fink and Ivan Harangozo were the winning archers. The winning recurve cadet women were Lauren Clamon, Elizabeth Caughell and Mackenzie Brown; they were joined on the podium today by Alex Wifler, Chris Luman and Ben Lewis for the recurve cadet men.

The Nor'easter, presented by B-Stinger, continues tomorrow with elimination rounds. To follow live scoring, click here. "Like" USA Archery on Facebook, and follow "usaarchery" on Twitter, to access exclusive event photos and updates.

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