Trystan Duell (mechanical engineering technology, Warsaw, '18) led the Alfred State archery team at the USA Archery Collegiate 3D National Championships held in Foley, AL. Duell shot his way to an impressive second-place individual finish in the men's compound/open class.
Duell led the compound team that had a strong showing in the competition on Saturday in the highly completive class. Senior Nick Mest (welding technology, Lakewood, '18) narrowly missed the podium with a fourth-place finish, and senior Austin Zauner (construction management, Darien Center, '18) finished 15th. The strong individual scores by the trio of archers earned the Pioneers the second seed in the compound team bracket and subsequent elimination rounds on Sunday. The blue and gold won their head-to-head elimination match against Penn College, but eventually fell in a bronze match against Hocking College.
Duell was understandably proud of the second-place finish at the national championship, adding, "It was an exciting opportunity to compete at a national championship with my teammates and against the other collegiate archers. With the 3D season now over, I'm really looking forward to our team's indoor season and think we have more good things to come."
Greg Sammons, Alfred State's archery coach, was obviously proud of the team's efforts.
"The archers who represented Alfred State in this national championship are all seniors and have all put countless hours into improving their skill in the discipline – and 3D archery in particular," Sammons said. "To witness one earn a place on the podium and have two top-five finishers in the most competitive division, speaks to their ability and speaks to the growing program at Alfred State."
Thirteen colleges and university archery teams made the trek to Foley, AL for the three-day event, including archers from Georgia Tech, West Virginia University, Michigan State, Southeastern Illinois College, Hocking College, Emmanuel College, Penn College, Mississippi College, Lamar University, James Madison University, Augusta University, and Appalachian State.
The Alfred State Archery team is a member of USA Archery's Collegiate Archery Program.