U.S. archers fare well in 1st qualification round

Aug 3 2011 - 10:25pm

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(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Above, archers compete in the first day of action at the 2011 Archery World Cup at Weber State University in Ogden on Wednesday.
(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Above, archers compete in the first day of action at the 2011 Archery World Cup at Weber State University in Ogden on Wednesday.

OGDEN -- Team USA welcomed the international field of archers for the first qualification round of stage three of the Archery World Cup at Weber State University by taking an early lead in nine out of ten qualification categories.

Lead by wunderkind Brady Ellison, archers from the U.S. finished in the lead of all team and mixed team qualifications and all but one individual category

In the men's individual recurve event, France's Gael Prevost took an early 342 lead after the first round before Ellison regrouped and shot a 344 second half, propelling him to a 683 overall score that was good enough for the top qualifying spot.

Ellison was followed by Ukraine's Dmytro Hrachov (676), with Canada's Crispin Duenas rounding out the top three with his score of 675.

Jake Kaminski and Joe Fanchin finished 11th and 12th for the U.S. with their respective scores of 667 and 666.

"I felt really stiff today," Kaminski said. "I've been battling my weaknesses and felt real wobbly all day but I managed really well and pulled it out when I needed to."

In the women's recurve 18-year-old Miranda Leek, of the U.S., took and impressive score of 333 into the break before being nudged out of the top spot in the second half by Mongolia's Bishindee Urantungalag, who finished with a score of 661.

Leek and seven-time World Champion Natalia Valeeva, from Italy, both finished with 660.

Hoyt World Open champion Christie Colin edged out fellow Team USA shooter Jamie Van Natta 695-692 to take the lead in the women's compound category. Ranked No. 1 in the world, USA's Erika Anschutz finished fourth at 687.

Team USA swept the top spots of the men's compound event as Braden Gellenthien shot a 707 followed by hometown favorites the Wilde brothers -- Logan and Rio -- with their scores of 707 and 706, respectively.

Team USA's Rodger Willett, Jr. finished the compound qualification round with a 701, filling the 10th place slot as he defends his number one world ranking this week.

"I didn't qualify as high as I would have liked, but I almost always shoot better in the elimination rounds as I do in the qualification rounds," he said.

Willett struck gold at both previous stops of the 2011 World Cup and has already qualified for the World Cup finals in Istanbul, Turkey, in September. He is also the leading archer for the Longines Prize, awarded annually for the most precise archers throughout the year.

"If I could win that it would just be a huge deal for me."

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