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DUBLIN, Ohio – The 2019 U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships featured the first 72 arrows of qualification followed by exciting and heated head to head mixed team matches. With over 500 archers at the largest collegiate nationals in history, today’s matches were filled with loud cheering and school spirit.
The bowhunter bracket saw a few upsets in close matches, and 5th seed University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and 3rd seed Texas A&M University climbed their way to the gold final. Taking the match to a tiebreaker shoot off, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse took the win on the final arrow with a solid 10.
Sealing the school’s first mixed team medal finish in nearly a decade, Owen McCann commented on his and Andrina Savor’s victory: “I can’t remember the last time we actually won a medal in the team rounds. It’s huge for us; we’re a small school, we compete against really big schools so having a win under our belt, it means the world to us honestly. I’m so happy for all of us right now, it’s fantastic.”
Union College finished with the bowhunter mixed team bronze after a high scoring win over University of the Cumberlands.
Both schools the top compound qualifiers, Union College and University of the Cumberlands, scored high throughout the afternoon to contest the gold final. With a decisive 149-143 win, Brooke Miller of the Cumberlands shared: “We worked hard all year to prepare for this shoot. I shoot well with Josh [Isenhoff] – we practice mixed teams. This win is great, and I’m going to take this confidence in to the rest of the tournament; I’m really focused on the team rounds and individual matches.”
Michigan State University won the bronze over James Madison University 149-141 after a commanding performance this afternoon.
The recurve bracket saw top qualifiers Arizona State University and Texas A&M University fall short in the semifinals to go head to head for bronze, where A&M clinched the win on a shoot off.
Shooting for gold, Rachel Reshonsky and her fiancé Roger Hermosilla of 5th seed Emmanuel College battled hard for the title, taking a 5-3 win over James Madison University. Reshonsky commented: “This win means that hard work finally pays off. We’re actually a couple, and we don’t go out much, so winning this together really means a lot.”
With much international experience under her belt, Abigail Weir made her NOCC debut today, leading University of California, Davis to barebow mixed team gold with Markham Anderson. “Competition was really tough, definitely had some rough ends, but we pulled through in the end,” shared Weir. “I’ve never had this much fun doing mixed teams before. Even after West Regionals, when we had an excellent end, this was just the most awesome experience and I’m really glad to be here.” UC Davis took the gold 6-2 over UC Berkeley, while Kentucky Christian University finished with the bronze.
Competition resumes tomorrow with the remaining 72 arrows of qualification for NOCC and the World University Games – U.S. Team Trials, followed by team rounds in the afternoon. Individual matches will be contested on Sunday. Complete results are available on USA Archery's Live Results page. Official photos can be found on USA Archery's photo site, and be sure to follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more from the event.< Back to All News