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July 17, 2013

EJN Eliminations Feature Fast Paced and Exciting Competition

HAMILTON, Ohio - Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) archers shooting for the title of Grand National Champion had to deliver top performances in qualification and elimination rounds, as well as participating in a team round event. On Sunday, they showed the crowd that age and size aren't necessarily a factor in archery potential, shooting their way through eliminations like the young professionals they are.

For recurve junior men, Eliot Simon climbed his way up to finish first with the gold medal. The silver medal went to Zachary Garrett after a tight contest with Simon, while Greg Twombly edged out Byron Crites for the bronze.  Lauren Clamon dominated the recurve junior women's bracket, finally defeating Madison Eich for the gold. Lauren Meyer had a day of strong shooting to finish with the bronze medal over Ali Hill.

Steven Manfull took top honors for compound junior men with an X in a one-arrow shoot off against Alex Wifler while Charlie Weinstein won out over Dustin Clark for bronze. Allison Williams worked her way through the compound junior women's bracket to finish with the silver medal, conceding defeat only to KayLeigh Rogers who earned gold. Gabrielle Cyr just clinched bronze over Hunter Jackson.

The recurve cadet men kept their massive field interesting to the end with one-arrow shoot offs in both medal matches. Andrew Mateo shot an X to claim gold over Cameron Pyles and Christopher Plumeau earned bronze over Kent Nitta. Pyles knocked out No. 3 seed Geun Kim in the 1/8th round and continued to shoot well through the rest of his matches. Paige Hill climbed from the 10th seed to finish with gold over No. 20 seed Rachael Kim. Miriam Trafford also had a steady climb and shot her way to the bronze medal over Kelsey Drake after upsetting Anna Miscione in the quarterfinals.

David Houser took compound junior men's gold over Kolby Hanley while Jonathan Clark won the bronze match against Tyler Green, who worked his way through the bracket after No. 1 seed Christopher Bee was upset by Slade Sanderson in the 1/8th round. Danielle Reynolds closed out the compound junior women's division with gold over Molly Veith. Allie Blazek edged out Meagan Petitt for the bronze.

Hardy Trafford held strong over the recurve cub men to win gold over John Klus who upset No. 2 seed Austin Cha in the quarters. Gus Braendle outshot Trevor Christensen for the bronze. Meaghan Collins shut out Mikayla Venoms in the final recurve cub women's match for gold while Amy Jung snatched bronze from Madeleine Ducote in a one-arrow shoot off with a perfect X.

Logan Bunker earned gold in a match against Ted Strychalski, who took silver for compound cub men. Evan Clark clinched bronze over Andrew Mouchabeck. Hala Skelton took command of the compound cub women's bracket early and kept her eye on gold. Gabrielle Keiser took silver after eliminating No. 2 seed Victoria Kamilar in the quarterfinals. Amanda Peterson won bronze over Alison Stockman.

Tyler King was king of the hill for recurve bowmen men shooting solidly to earn his gold medal. Devin Oblander won silver and Darek Wiss took bronze over Josh Lynch. Alexa Claps also maintained a spot atop the recurve bowmen women's bracket shooting straight for gold all day. Charlotte Best defeated bronze medalist Rishika Kumar in a one-arrow shoot off in the semifinals and earned silver. Lily Schweitzer shot well to move from 12th seed to runner-up. 

Samuel White won compound bowmen men's gold over Spencer Yee in a close final match. Jacob Estrada was victorious over Seth Trahan for bronze honors. Sachiko Keane had a clear lead on the compound bowmen women's division and shot stellar scores to earn her spot on the top of the podium. Trinity Todd won silver and Hannah Bartos earned bronze over Sarah Spangler.

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