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YANKTON, South Dakota - U.S. National Field Championships wrapped up today, naming national champions and announcing the highly coveted and prestigious Easton and Shenk Awards. This exciting weekend-long event features a day of shooting at marked, or known distance targets, followed by an even more challenging day of unmarked, or unknown distance targets.
Field archery is not an event for the faint of heart - archers must traverse woodland areas and rough terrain, judging target distances and hitting their marks, while carrying their equipment with them through the long course.
Heather Koehl, who took first for the recurve senior women, shared: "Field archery is my favorite out of any archery discipline. Each course is never the same and you have to calculate and range what each target is at. To me, that is more fun than any one single distance."
She continued: "Considering this is the only annual USA Archery Field event, I really look forward to it every year. I always look forward to World Field Championships and this keeps me ready for those."
Koehl came home with some heavy hardware on top of her national championship title: The Easton and Shenk Awards are given to the senior compound and recurve male and female archers with the highest cumulative scores from U.S. Indoor Nationals, National Target Championships, and U.S. National Field Championships.
This year, in addition the National Field Champion title, Jamie Van Natta and Steve Anderson took home top honors with the Easton Awards while Heather Koehl and Victor Wunderle were honored with the Shenk Awards.
John Demmer III and also finished with a national champion title in the hottest bracket on the field: barebow men. There were almost as many barebow archers competing as compound and recurve combined, highlighting the uniqueness of this USA Archery event.
Complete results from the competition, which featured archers shooting barebow, compound and recurve in divisions ranging from bowmen to masters, can be found online here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Congratulations to our National Champions in each division:
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