Three archers set sights on USCA Nationals in Las Vegas
January 29, 2017 | Madisonville, Ky.
Liberty University's men's and women's archery team had three individuals qualify for the United States Collegiate Archery Association (USCA) Indoor National Championships with top-eight finishes at Saturday's and Sunday's USCA regional competition at the West Kentucky Archery Complex in Madisonville, Ky.
Sophomore Meredith Dissinger placed first in the region and fired the top score nationally by racking up 1,018 points in the women's recurve division, qualifying to shoot for the national title Feb. 10-12 in Las Vegas. She finished ahead of two California-Irvine archers, Sarah Et (984) and Kirsten Cassidy (971).
Meanwhile, junior Susannah Martin totaled 728 points in the women's bare bow division to finish second in the region and fourth in the national totals and Evan Blanthorn placed first with 547 points at the regional shoot and fourth nationally in the men's bare bow category, also punching their tickets to Las Vegas.
|Flames archers fire in tandem at indoor targets Saturday.|
"We brought 11 archers and are really happy with the results, (especially since) we are a club team competing against scholarship athletes," Liberty Head Coach Mitch Reno said.
Other top finishers for the Flames included junior Spencer Foster, who placed ninth in the region in the men's bowhunter category with 1,153 points, two points off the national qualifying cut, and graduate Ian Rigney, who placed 11th regionally and 14th nationally in the men's compound division 1,133 points, missing a national bid by 12 points.
Complete results are available online.