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May 12, 2022

USA Archery Field Nationals and World Team Trials Open in Yankton

YANKTON, S.D. – The 2022 USA Archery Field Nationals kicked off today in Yankton. This weekend’s competition also features the U.S. Team Trials for the 2022 World Archery Field Championships, which will be held at the same location, and the recurve and barebow team trials for the 2022 World Games, also hosted stateside in Birmingham, Ala. this July.

Archers competed at 24 unmarked targets. In World Archery Field events, unmarked means that in addition to judging the target face's size and angle of shooting, archers also must determine the distance they at which are shooting for a truly great challenge. Competition continues tomorrow with 24 marked targets at known distances and cumulative scores will determine national champions.

For the Trials events, divisions will be cut to the top eight archers, who will continue to compete at eight marked targets between Friday afternoon and Saturday evening, followed by a cut to the top four archers who will shoot at an additional four marked targets before teams are nominated from cumulative scoring throughout the events. Review selection procedures for more detail.

Following today’s competition, several world class archers reported that this was one of the coolest, most challenging field courses they had ever experienced. Averaging the equivalent of more than 100 flights of stairs in the 24-target ranges, archers faced steep angles and had to adjust on the fly. For the archers who will compete here for the World Archery Field Championships this fall, this is great practice on what will be the most difficult world field course in recent history.

World Field Champions Brady Ellison, Paige Pearce and Jesse Broadwater lead the recurve men and compound women and men respectively. Reigning national field champion Molly Nugent, still recovering from a recent knee surgery, was a trooper on the course today, topping the  recurve women’s field by a solid margin.

The barebow competition is tight this weekend; Cole Duensing is sitting in the lead for the senior men while world silver medalist Fawn Girard leads the women. Multiple world record holder Maggie Brensinger is tied for first with Laura Hughes after today's round in a tight race for the U21 barebow women's title.

At the time of article publication, scores were still being verified for the day, results from the competition will be posted to Between Ends.

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