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STATESBORO, Ga. – It proved a strong opening day for Texas A&M (TAMU) on Friday at the USA Archery Collegiate Target Nationals, as they topped the ranking rounds in recurve men, recurve women, compound men, and compound women.
University of the Cumberlands shone in the barebow division, leading the way in both men and women’s categories. They also took top spot in the fixed pins women with Kaitlyn Shields.
Nate Harper from the University of Pikeville claimed number one in the fixed pins men on an overcast day on the fine fields of Georgia Southern University.
TAMU occupied the first three places in the recurve men, with Trenton Cowles (pictured below) followed by Alex Gilliam and Venugopal Kunnavakkam. Mount Marty University had archers in fourth and fifth, in Micheal Plummer and Lalit Jain.
Casey Kaufhold (658) was 19 points clear in the recurve women category, ahead of Katherine Wu (639) and Brianna Lux (624).
Sawyer Sullivan, who collected both an individual and a team silver medal at the World Cup Stage 1 in Turkey last month, posted a score of 712 in the compound men. The TAMU archer finished ahead of Austin Taylor (Lindsey Wilson College) and Jared Laux (University of the Cumberlands).
Carson Krahe of TAMU squeezed in ahead of three archers from the University of the Cumberlands in the compound women, among them World Cup Stage 1 team gold medalist Madison Cox.
Barebow men saw Tyler Woosley take number one spot, from John Sarazin (Mount Marty University) and Jacob Cook (Lindsey Wilson College).
Woosley’s teammate Kennedy Sumpter was an impressive 75 points clear in the barebow women. University of the Cumberlands occupied three of the top four places in the fixed pins women, with Shields joined by Kimber Wheeler and Julia Shepherd. Sophia Hunziger from Lindsey Wilson College took third.
Ten points separated the top six in the fixed pins men, with Harper edging out Lyle Uhrich of Lindsey Wilson College for number one ranking.
Collegiate Target Nationals continue on Saturday with the elimination rounds in the morning, before team competition kicks in after lunch. You can keep up to date with all the scores at BetweenEnds. Meanwhile, all gold medal matches take place on Sunday and will be live on USA Archery’s YouTube channel.