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June 04, 2024

Paige Pearce retains her Field Nationals title and now sets sights on defending her world crown

There will be many notable names representing the USA at the 2024 World Archery Field Championships in Canada after USA Archery Field Nationals and World Trials came to a close as the sun set in Indiana on Tuesday night.

Among those heading to Lac La Biche in September will be defending champion Paige Pearce. Pearce won both the Field Nationals title and qualified first for the World Field Championships in compound women, ahead of Heather Gore and Makenna Proctor. Compound men will take Dan Jasa, Eli Hughes and Logan Hamilton.

Brady Ellison, who will be competing at his fifth Olympic Games later this summer, will lead the recurve men in Canada, which is comprised of Easton Foundations Gator Cup champion Matthew Nofel and Alex Gilliam.

Ellison retained his Field Nationals crown, while wife Toja took silver in the compound women.

The recurve women heading to Canada will also include archers with vast experience, including Alex Zuleta-Visser, Savannah Vanderwier and Molly Nugent.

Barebow will be taking a strong group. Fawn Girard, Diane Cochran and Maggie Brensinger make up the women’s trio, with Christopher Garcia, Ryan Davis and Brian Way the three barebow men to have punched their ticket.

You can find a full list of those who have qualified for the World Archery Field Championships on Between Ends.

With poor weather forecast for Wednesday, trials for the World Championships were wrapped up a day early and followed a challenging yet enthralling two days of competition in the Field Nationals, played out at the outstanding Strawtown Koteewi Park.

The USA Archery Field Nationals involved archers shooting at 24 unmarked targets on Monday, before switching to marked targets on Tuesday morning. The testing terrain mixed with Indiana’s heat and humidity made for a tough couple of days.

Archers were often expected to walk long distances in between targets. This was a test of skill and endurance, and why Pearce once again proclaimed this style of archery her most favorite format.

Jeff Button was a convincing winner in the compound 50+ men, triumphing by 87 points from Keith Sarbacker. Janis Grellner was equally impressive in claiming the recurve 50+ women by a sizable margin from Marie Fein.

Things were a little closer in the recurve 50+ men, as 17 points split the gold, silver and bronze medal winners, David Estes, Gabriel Querol and Thomas Hardin.

After two grueling days of competition, Grady Kane won gold in the compound U21 men by only four points, edging Ryan Booth.

There was a tremendous turnout in Indiana, with categories containing as young U13, all the way up to the masters division.

The 2024 USA Archery Field Nationals medalists can all be found on Between Ends, with many racing to make the start of the third of four USAT Qualifier Series events, SoCal Showdown, which gets underway in Chula Vista, Calif. later this week.

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