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YANKTON, South Dakota – The archery world has arrived stateside for the 2021 World Archery Championships in Yankton. This prestigious biannual event brings compound back to center stage after the Olympic period had all eyes on the recurve squads and draws a large national and global audience to the sport. USA Archery previously announced its team for the event after a multi-stage trials event narrowed the field to nominate top-tier talent to fill team and alternate positions.
With rigorous testing protocols in place to ensure the safety of all participants is held paramount, USA Archery’s two-time Olympian Mackenzie Brown and reigning team silver medalist and former world No. 1 Alexis Ruiz have been removed from the roster due to positive COVID-19 tests.
Ruiz, who recently began nursing school, shared on social media: “I wish I wasn’t having to post this. Unfortunately, I can’t go to the World Championships due to a positive COVID test. I have tried to do everything I could to prevent this including being vaccinated. I’m wishing everyone that is able to attend the best of luck. I’ll miss you all, and I’ll be watching from home.”
Makenna Proctor, who recently made her world stage debut at the World Archery Youth Championships in Wroclaw, Poland several weeks ago where she helped bring home the junior women’s team bronze, will join Paige Pearce and Linda Ochoa-Anderson on the USA compound women’s squad.
Olympian Jennifer Mucino-Fernadez will replace teammate Mackenzie Brown alongside Casey Kaufhold and Gabrielle Sasai. At just 18 years old, Mucino will be the oldest archer on the young and talented recurve women’s team.
The full U.S. lineup is looking forward to an event on home soil and will seek to capitalize on their understanding of the tricky wind patterns that troubled this morning’s practice session for many international visitors. Follow the action this week at www.usarchery.org as Team USA aims for success on the big stage.< Back to All News