Rigney places third in Pa. section of USCA indoor nationals
March 2, 2014 | Lancaster, Pa.
Liberty University sophomore Ian Rigney placed third in the men's compound division of the Lancaster, Pa., section of the 44th annual United States Collegiate Archery (USCA) Indoor National Championships, held Saturday and Sunday at Lancaster Archery Supply's indoor range.
A total of 639 registered archers competed in eight locations across the country, a 25-percent increase from last year's USCA indoor nationals. Complete results from the Lancaster competition are available online but the final national standings have yet to be calculated.
"From a competitive standpoint, we did pretty well. We have students of character and they handled themselves very well," Liberty Head Coach Drew Arneson said.
Rigney, who defended his U.S. Intercollegiate Archery 3D National Championships individual men's compound title last October in Missouri, scored a 567 in Saturday's first round and a 571 in Sunday's second for a total of 1,135. That put him in third place behind only Justin Bradley of California University of Pennsylvania (1,163) and Matthew Cummings of Penn College (1,140). Rigney finished tied with Markus Weber of Penn College (1,135).
"Ian did very well the first day, shooting next to (Bradley), who was the reigning national indoor champion," Arneson said. "That helped him elevate his game and shoot better the first day. The second day, he was kind of on an island. He was in the first group and he didn't have anybody really competitive shooting next to him. His total score was higher the second day, but nobody in his group was going to catch him. Had the first- and second-place guy been next to him, he might have shot even higher."
Flames junior Hunter Jacobs placed 11th with 531 points in the first round and 549 in the second for a 1,080-point total.
Lady Flames senior Marissa Scalzo also came in 11th in the women's compound event with a 541-point score in the first round and a 546 in the second round for a total of 1,087. Columbia University's Judy Zhou won the women's compound competition with 1,145 points, edging Penn College's Nicole Lapinski (1,143).
"Everyone increased their scores significantly on the second day," Arneson said. "That's natural because the student athletes are more calm and used to the competition."
Jacobs and Scalzo haven't had as much experience as Rigney in indoor shoots.
"Marissa's graduating, but by next year, Hunter should be well equipped to compete for the top spot," Arneson said.
He is planning to take his team to an outdoor sport shooting event in April in Harrisonburg, Va., hosted by James Madison University, or potentially hosting one once the new range is completed on Liberty Mountain.