Two Lady Flames archers strike gold at regional target shoot at JMU
Graduating senior Blakely Logsdon captured the women’s fixed-pin bowhunting title and rising sophomore Kayla Cassady won the women’s barebow division of the USA Archery Collegiate East Region Target Championships hosted by JMU on April 23-24 in Harrisonburg, Va.
Logsdon and Cassady also landed on the female All-East teams for their respective divisions, based on their scores at the indoor and outdoor East Region scores.
“It was a great event and everybody had a fun time,” Liberty Head Coach Jason Lynch said. “Both of our graduating seniors who were able to compete in this event, Blakely Logsdon and Jessica Welty, podiumed in their last competitions with the team.”
Welty finished third in the women’s fixed-pin bowhunting division. Meanwhile, sophomore Lilah Hartman took third in the women’s compound division, winning an exciting tiebreaker shoot-off to claim the bronze medal. She also teamed with fellow sophomore Harry Rogish (who came in eighth in men’s compound) to place second in the mixed compound team standings.
Logsdon also joined freshman Bryson Farmer (seventh in men’s fixed-pin bowhunting) to form the third-place fixed-pin bowhunting mixed team.
Freshman Lily Coddington finished fourth in the women’s barebow division and junior Natasha Leininger fifth in women’s barebow with sophomore Justin Lynn placing eighth in men’s fixed-pin bowhunting.
In all, the Flames and Lady Flames sent nine of the 82 competitors to the outdoor field archery event, which served as a qualifier for the USA Archery Collegiate Target National Championships. However, those Liberty archers who made the cut were unavailable to travel to nationals, held May 19-22 in Chula Vista, Calif.
This weekend, Louis Boyd, who is finishing up his master’s degree through the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity this summer, and Joel Barkley, are competing at an ASA 3D archery event in London, Ky.