Archers hit targets, earn medals at 3D Nationals in Illinois
October 15, 2016 | Carrier Mills, Ill.
Liberty University's archery team captured second-, third-, and fourth-place individual finishes and four top-eight team showings at Saturday's and Sunday's United States Collegiate Archery Association (USCA) 3D National Championships at the Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area in Carrier Mills, Ill.
"Anytime you bring some hardware home, it is a great trip," Flames Head Coach Mitch Reno said.
|Flames junior Jason Lynch participates in Saturday's individual competition.|
Though they didn't reach the podium, the Flames' and Lady Flames' three-archer bowhunting teams both placed seventh. The men's trio was led by juniors Jason Lynch, who took ninth individually, and Spencer Foster (11th), while the women's squad was spearheaded by Laura Ruch (19th).
Ian Rigney, a graduate assistant to Reno, shot his way to seventh place, individually, leading Liberty's compound men's squad to an eighth-place team finish. He was complemented by newcomer Justin York's 15th-place individual showing.
Evan Blanthorn earned a silver medal in men's basic bow out of a four-archer field that included three competitors from Navajo Technical University. In the women's recurve division, sophomore Meredith Dissinger placed third out of eight archers to take the bronze medal and help Liberty to a second-place team finish. She was complemented by Katherine Agnew, who placed seventh.
"Meredith's first round did not go well, but she did shoot the highest round of the entire competition on her second round," Reno said.
Blanthorn and Dissinger anchored Liberty's recurve basic bow combined team that came in second out of three teams.
Graduate Gwyneth Meyer placed fourth out of five competitors in the women's basic bow event.
Complete results are available online.
Most of Liberty's archers who made the trip were newcomers to national-level tournaments.
"We brought our largest team ever as well as our youngest," Reno said of a travel squad that included five freshmen and three sophomores. "Out of the 13 that we brought, 10 of them have never shot this event before. This was a great learning experience for them and we look forward to improving next year."