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June 13, 2023

USA displays talent depth with strong start in World Cup Stage 3

MEDELLIN, Colombia – The USA trio of James Lutz, Kris Schaff and Sawyer Sullivan set a team high 2123 in the compound men’s qualification on Tuesday at the World Cup Stage 3, while Liko Arreola, Danelle Wentzel-Lutz and Alexis Ruiz managed fourth in the women’s division with 2088.

Lutz was the USA’s leading man in the individual category, scoring 708, which was only bettered by Mike Schloesser (715) representing the Netherlands, three shy of the world record set by Braden Gellenthien in 2016.

Lutz was one of four archers to shoot 708. Among the others was USA teammate Schaff, who placed fourth. All four archers to shoot 708 hit the same number of 10s (60), and could only be separated by the second tie-breaker, the number of 10X’s. Lutz hit 29, Sebastian Garcia of Mexico 28, Schaff 26 and Jozef Bosansky of Slovakia 25. Nick Kappers – the fourth member of the compound men’s team – shot 703, which was good enough for 14th.

Arreola and Ruiz finished in the top 10 in qualification in the compound women, with Wentzel-Lutz coming 20th and Olivia Dean 21st. Arreola, as the best-placed woman on the US team, will partner with James Lutz in the compound mixed team.

Elimination matches begin on Thursday. James Lutz tackles Joel Fernando Gonzales Mollinedo of Bolivia in the round of 32. Schaff meets Leron Rolle of the Bahamas, Sullivan faces Dominican Republic’s Ruben Jimenez Mustafa, with Kappers up against Neil Bridgewater of Great Britain.

In the compound women, Arreola and Ruiz have a bye in the opening round, Dean takes on Marla Cintron (PUR), with Wentzel-Lutz meeting Maria Jose Zebadua (GUA). Awaiting Arreola in the round of 16 is either Adriana Acevdeo Prada (PUR) or I-Jou Huang (TPE), while Dean awaits the winner from Andrea Becerra (MEX) vs. Larissa Aparecida Ferrari Oliveira (BRA).

For the team events, the men have a bye to the quarterfinals, where they face either France or Guatemala. It is a similar tale for the women. With a free pass to the last eight, they will play one from Chinese Taipei and Ecuador. The mixed team will face Brazil in the last 16.

Competition continues on Wednesday with qualification in the recurve division.

There are four World Cup stages, before the final in Mexico in September. As well as Turkey, China and Colombia, there is also a stage in France.

Remaining 2023 Archery World Cup Schedule

Stage 4: Paris, France – August 15-20
Final: Hermosillo, Mexico – September 9-10

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