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BANGKOK, Thailand - The second stage of the Indoor World Cup season began today with qualification and narrowed the field to the top sixteen archers in each category. While the range was lined with noticeably stronger competition than stage one of the circuit in Morocco last month, USA archers shot strong and are poised well for big wins in tomorrow's elimination matches.
After taking silver in Morocco, Paige Pearce Gore qualified second today with a 588. Youth World Champion Alexis Ruiz was just behind with a 585 to qualify fourth. Back after finishing fourth in stage one, World Championship team member Cassidy Cox sealed the eighth slot with a 580. Dahlia Crook and Lexi Keller also came in at thirteenth and fourteenth respectively with matching 570s.
All five U.S. women carried through the first cut of elimination rounds with wide margin wins. Most notably, Gore's 147-119 victory over China's Ma puts her in good scoring company to bring home more hardware this weekend.
After making quite a splash on the outdoor World Archery scene this year, World Champion Kris Schaff made an appearance in Bangkok, taking second in qualification today with a standout 597. Just behind were Tate Morgan and Marrakesh gold medalist and World Champion Braden Gellenthien with 596 and 593 to qualify fourth and sixth.
With incredibly tight scores in the compound men's division, Reo Wilde came in eighth with a 591, and then as the next four archers posted 589s, David Houser claimed the ninth seed and Jesse Clayton took twelfth. At 588, Bridger Deaton qualified thirteenth and Aaron Tedford was fifteenth with a 586.
All U.S. archers seeded in the top sixteen made the cut through the first elimination match, but several compound men had to face other statesmen for the early victory. Houser took a 148-142 win over 24th seed Brad Rega and Jesse Clayton had a 147-144 win over 21st seed Joe Wilkin.
On the recurve side, just three archers entered from the U.S. Olympians Mackenzie Brown and Khatuna Lorig scored high on a competitive women's field, ranking eighth and eleventh respectively with 576 and 566, with Brown less than ten points out of second place. Recent World Youth Champion Jack Williams also qualified eighth on the men's side with a 583, again, ten points out of second.
All three took solid victories to continue in tomorrow's competition from their early elimination matchups. Competition resumes tomorrow with elimination matches through the finals. Complete results from the event are available at www.worldarchery.org. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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