Archers earn multiple medals for top-5 indoor state showings
Liberty University's archery team returned from the March 28 Virginia State Indoor Championships near Harrisonburg, Va., with nine medals for top-three finishes among collegiate competitors in various disciplines.
Liberty junior Connor Rothermel, who was named the USA Archery All-Around Men's Olympic Recurve Archer of the Year last season, won the men's recurve division by firing rounds of 266 and 262 for a total of 528, 66 points more than Samuel Schafft, the runner-up from JMU. That also placed Rothermel 31st out of 57 senior men's recurve competitors, and 13th among 25 collegiate men, nationally.
Lady Flames freshman Natasha Leininger finished third in the women's recurve with rounds of 241 and 234 for a total score of 475, which put her 34th out of 52 junior women's recurve competitors and 20th out of 34 collegiate women nation-wide.
Junior Isaac Underhill posted a round of 411 to win the men's barebow division by just three points over JMU's Michael Schumacher. That placed Underhill 44th out of 63 senior men's competitors and ninth out of 21 collegiate men nationally.
Senior Louis Boyd placed second among Virginia collegiate archers in the men's compound division.
Liberty had two women in the top three and two men in the top five in the compound division. Sophomore Emma Suggs won the women's division with 566 points, 15 more than JMU's Carolina McCracken, while senior Nicole Dieterly placed third with 540. Suggs' total tied her for 27th out of 67 senior women and tied for 19th out of 42 collegiate women nationally.
Flames senior compound archer Louis Boyd, the 2018 indoor national champion and 3D outdoor national champion, placed second to JMU's Ryan Kitts (585) with 570 points, followed by Liberty freshman Joel Barkley (fifth, 539). Boyd's total ranked 58th out of 117 senior men and 26th out of 47 collegiate men.
In the women's bowhunter competition, Lady Flames senior Danielle Bergen shot a total of 560 to finish runner-up to JMU's Skylar Thiemann (566) and ahead of Liberty's third-place performer, junior Blakely Logsdon. Bergen's total placed her 18th out of 36 senior (college) women nationally.The Flames also put two archers in the top five in the men's bowhunter division, Benjamin Williams, who was runner-up with his 551 total, and Trever Martin (fifth, 453). Williams also placed 34th out of 49 senior (college) men nationally.
Complete national results are available online.
Rothermel, Boyd, and Barkley will travel to Richmond, Va., for the May 20-23 USA Archery Target National Championships, making them eligible for USA Archery All-American consideration.