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July 19, 2013

Young Archers Shoot for Grand National Champion Titles

HAMILTON, Ohio - After an Easton JOAD Nationals that included a 144-arrow qualification round, a team round and eliminations, Grand National Champions emerged in each youth category. The Championship titles were decided based upon qualification round placement, participation in the team round, and final placement in the elimination rounds. 

This year's Easton JOAD Nationals and U.S. National Target Championships, a combined event, had record-setting attendance of over 700 competitors, a sure sign of archery's continued growth since the sport began increasing in popularity last year. Winners - and the second and third place archers - received plaques from USA Archery commemorating their placements; the Grand National Champions also received Easton quivers thanks to a generous donation by title sponsor Easton Technical Products.

For the compound archers, Sachiko Keane and Samuel White are the Grand National Champions in the bowman division, while bowman recurvers Alexa Claps and Tyler King claimed the titles for their categories. 

In the cub division, Meghan Collins and Hardy Trafford are the Grand National Champions for the recurve group; Hala Skelton and Logan Bunker clinched the national championship titles on the compound side. 

Cadet archers, who outnumbered any other division on the field, have new Grand National Champions in Paige Hill and Andrew Mateo for the recurvers, and Danielle Reynolds and Kolby Hanley for the compound shooters. 

Juniors, the eldest division, saw compound archers KayLeigh Rogers and Steven Manfull ascend the podium to receive the Grand National Champion awards, while Lauren Clamon and Zachary Garrett earned the titles on the recurve side. 

Complete results from the Easton JOAD Nationals can be found at, while hundreds of photos from the event are available at 

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