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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Archery’s top collegiate and Para archers qualified this morning at major international events. Among tough competition, U.S. athletes are poised for big podium finishes with top ten finishes in qualification.
Nove Mesto Para World Ranking Event
Matt Stutzman power jumped into the pole position for the compound open men with a 10-point improvement in the second half to score a 692 despite some tricky winds. Leading a strong USA performance in the Czech Republic for the Para World Ranking Event running alongside the second leg of the Para Archery European Cup, Stutzman, World Champion Ben Thompson, who seeded 3rd with a 688, and 11th seed Andrew Pike also solidly locked up the top team spot.
World record holder Kevin Mather, recovering from a challenging year, is back on the circuit and qualified 6th for the Recurve Open Men with a 610.
Lia Coryell was 6th for the W1 women with a 583. Along with Jason Tabansky, the duo ranked 5th for the mixed team event. Coryell will also compete in the compound open women’s team event with Martha Chavez and Tink Wallace – the trio seeded 2nd. Chavez and Stutzman are 6th for the compound open mixed team event.
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World University Games
The World University Games, a prestigious multisport event kicked off qualification in Napoli, Italy, with a unique competition format featuring just two athletes from each nation in the men’s and women’s recurve and compound divisions for individual, team and mixed team events. Competition is stiff at this event, featuring many nation’s top world team members, who are also pursuing degrees.
Matthew Zumbo and Adam Heidt are 7th for the recurve men’s team event, while Zumbo and top U.S. recurve women’s qualifier Amy Jung are 8th for the mixed team ranking. Jung and Eliana Claps are 10th for the recurve women’s team qualification.
Josh Isenhoff and Calvin Gross are seeded 6th in the compound team event.
Isenhoff and top compound women’s qualifier Dahlia Klimitchek are also 6th as a mixed team.
World team silver medalist Cassidy Cox’s bow did not arrive for competition. The left-handed archer qualified with a borrowed right-handed bow but did not shoot several ends this morning. Cox and Klimitchek are resultantly seeded 15th for the compound women’s team event but should be a formidable duo in matchplay.
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