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March 18, 2010

Archery Resident Athlete Jake Kaminski Outshoots Olympians Ellison and Wunderle for U.S. Nationals Indoor Title

USA Archery resident athlete Jake Kaminski (Chula Vista, Calif.) claimed the 41st U.S. National Indoor Championships title in men's recurve archery by defeating a pair of U.S. Olympians Brady Ellison (Glendale, Ariz.) and Vic Wunderle (Charlotte, N.C.) and 170 other recurve archers. Kaminski edged his resident athlete teammate Ellison by one point, 1,181-1,180. Wunderle finished third.  

Kaminski, shooting at the Tulare, Calif., site, was near perfect in the first end with 59 arrows landing in the nine-point mark or higher for a 588 score. In the second end, he punched the bulls-eye 53 times and had seven nine-point counts for 593 points, good enough for his first National Indoor title.

At the Rio Rancho, N.M., event, Ellison stuck 50 arrows in the bulls-eye and 10 in the nine-count for 590 points in the first end, giving him a slight advantage after the first end. Ellison scored 590 points with 52 bulls-eyes in the second end for a combined 1,180 points to give him the silver medal.

Wunderle, a three-time U.S. Olympian, followed Ellison's first end score with 590 points, but faltered in the second end with 42 bulls-eyes and 17 nine-counts, scoring a combined 1,171 points for the bronze. Five-time U.S. Olympian Butch Johnson (Woodstock, Conn.) finished fifth with 1,169 points.

The U.S. National Indoor Championships, held annually by USA Archery, encourages archers to compete at one of the 12 regional event locations. The National Indoors host sites submit their competition results to USA Archery headquarters where the scores were merged to determine the individual National Indoor Champions in each of the 57 categories. All archers shoot two ends of 60 arrows each for a maximum score of 1,200 points from 18 meters. A record 2,320 athletes participated in 2010.

Two-time U.S. Olympian Jennifer Nichols (Cheyenne, Wyo.) captured the women's recurve title with a 1,161 total that included 84 bulls-eyes and 33 nine-point marks. The Texas A&M student outlasted runner-up Karen Scavotto (Enfield, Conn.), who shot 1,151, and Hye Youn Park (Cordova, Tenn.), who totaled 1,145 points. Resident athletes Heather Koehl (Sheboygan Falls, Wis.) and Kristin Braun (Rancho Palos Verde, Calif.) finished sixth and 10th, respectively.

Over in the men's compound division, a mere 10 points separated the top 10 finishers, where Chance Beaubouef (Mount Juliet, N.C) won by defeating 2009 World Champion Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho) and 2009 Team World Champion member Braden Gellenthien (Woodbridge, Va.) by one point, 1,191-1,190. Wilde and Gellenthien tied for second. The only difference between the top three was that Beaubouef found the center one more time, where he totaled 111 bulls-eyes and 9 nine-marks.

Other notables in the men's compound team were: Logan Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho), the younger brother of Reo, in fifth with 1,189 points; and 2009 Team World Champion member Dave Cousins (Standish, Maine) tying for 10th with Grant Schleusner (Eau Claire, Wis) with 1,181 points.

Erika Anschutz (Hamilton, Ohio), who helped lead Team USA to a World Championship compound bronze-medal finish in 2009, took the individual women's compound title by shooting 1,171 points with 91 bulls. Christie Colin (Ransomville, N.Y.) finished second with 1,167 points, and Mary Hamm (Round Rock, Texas) accumulated 1,163 points for third.

Over 300 athletes competed in the four college divisions, where women's senior titlists Nichols and Anschutz were superior in this age category too. Glenn Thomas (Penn College) won the men's recurve with 1,144 points, while Zack Plannick (Penn College) won the men's compound title with 1,185 points.

The junior divisions, for athletes up to 20 years old, were highlighted by Matthew Zumbo (Fountain Valley, Calif.) in boy's recurve with 1,158 points for the title, while 2010 JOAD Mail-in Tournament champion Michelle Gilbert (Bethesda, Md.) won the girl's recurve with 1,129 points. Glen Brazell (Bosque Farms, N.M.), who shot 1,182 points, and Kailey Johnston (Dublin, Ga.), who shot 1,165, captured the boy's and girl's compound divisions, respectively.

Hunter Davis (Catlett, Va.) led all cadets, archers up to 17 years old, with 1,177 points for the boys' compound title, while Chris Luman (Milton, Ga.) won the boy's recurve title with 1,133 points. On the girl's side, LaNola Pritchard (Lehi, Utah) claimed the recurve championship with 1,071 points, and Kayla Harmeyer (East Troy, Wis.) won the compound title with 1,154 points.

The Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Indoor Nationals were also held in conjunction where archers up to 20 years in age, shoot one end of 60 arrows for a maximum score of 600 points and is contested in 16 categories. The JOAD National Indoor Championships were won by:

Boy's junior recurve - Max Sera (Iola, Texas), 582 pts.

Girl's junior recurve - Megan Carter (Chula Vista, Calif.), 561 pts.

Boy's junior compound - Glen Brazell (Bosque Farms, N.M.), 595 pts.

Girl's junior compound - Kailey Johnston (Dublin, Ga.), 586 pts.

Boy's cadet recurve - Chris Luman (Milton, Ga.), 560 pts.

Girl's cadet recurve - Michelle Gilbert (Bethesda, Md.), 551 pts.

Boy's cadet compound - Riley Whiting (Logan, Utah), 584 pts.

Girls cadet compound - Paige Pearce (Red Bluff, Calif.), 576 pts.

Boy's cub recurve - Jack Thomas (Simi Valley, Calif.), 576 pts.

Girl's cub recurve - Kimie Roop (Monroe, Wash.), 552 pts.

Boy's cub compound - James Rutherford (Glendale, Ariz.), 592 pts.

Girl's cub compound - Molly Veith (Davenport, Iowa), 592 pts.

Boy's bowman recurve - Benjamin Lewis (Burlington, Vt.), 570 pts.

Girl's bowman recurve - Anushka Hassan (Houston, Texas), 534 pts.

Boy's bowman compound - Zachary Lopes (Willington, Conn.), 570 pts.

Girl's bowman compound - Taylor Reynolds (Alburgh, Vt.), 549 pts.

The 2010 U.S. National Indoor Championships and JOAD National Indoor Championships were conducted over the weekends of Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12. The event hosts and sites were: Shenandoah Valley Target Archers of Harrisonburg, Va.; New Mexico Road Runners JOAD of Rio Rancho, N.M.; Michigan State University Archery Club and Spartan JOAD Club of East Lansing, Mich.; University of Central Oklahoma Archery of Edmond, Okla.; Wisconsin Archery Alliance of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; Utah Hot Shots of Salt Lake City; Texas A&M University Target Archers of College Station, Texas; State Archers Association of Massachusetts of Andover, Mass.; Georgia Archery Association of Conyers, Ga.; Leo's JOAD and Points to the Cross of Brockport, N.Y.; Tulare Target Archers Club of Tulare, Calif.; and Des Moines JOAD Club of Des Moines, Iowa. The events were held over the weekends of Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12.

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