Flames have several archers place nationally in indoor event
March 5, 2016 | Grayson, Ky.
Members of Liberty University's men's and women's archery teams had strong individual showings in the United States Collegiate Archery Indoor National Championships, based on their results at the March 5-6 South Region competition held at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Ky.
"For more than half the team, this was their first shoot ever, and we had a couple of them finish in the top 10," Liberty Head Coach Mitch Reno said.
The Flames and Lady Flames featured 10th-place performances from senior defending national indoor champion Ian Rigney in the men's Compound Bow competition and freshman Meredith Dissinger in the women's Recurve Bow category. It was Dissinger's first indoor shoot with the team.
"We took her out to Illinois last year (for the 3D USIAC Outdoor Nationals) and she finished fourth overall, which was pretty impressive for a freshman, and there's nowhere to go but up," Reno said.
Also for Liberty in the men's Compound Bow division, senior Hunter Jacobs placed 15th overall, sophomore Shawn Argon took 24th, sophomore Dustin Garner finished 30th, and freshman Mitchell Miles came in 34th. It was the first shoot with the team for Argon and Miles and first indoor shoot for Garner.
"Both Ian (Rigney) and Hunter (Jacobs) had issues with their bows the first day," Reno said. "Hunter's sights were not compliant, even though he's used it three years in a row, so we had to work on his sights and remove some parts on it. Once we got it straight, Hunter ended up shooting the highest rounds of his life. The next three rounds, he was killing it. If he had shot on the first day what he shot the last three, he would have placed in the top three."
"Ian and Hunter are graduating, but we have a very young team, so each of the returning archers have different goals for next year to move up and improve," Reno said. "So hopefully, by their senior years, they'll be in the top 10, too."
Complete results are available online.