Nine members of the Alfred State Archery team recently traveled to Lancaster, PA, to compete in the 50th USA Archery Indoor National Championships. The team held its own against colleges from around the country, and ended up with several strong finishes in both regional and national competitions.
The championship event is held over a three-day weekend and contested at different regional sites throughout the US. The combined results determine national awards.
First-year student Nathan Summerville, mechanical engineering technology, Fulton, led the way with a first-place finish in men’s compound at the regional site, and a national finish of sixth place (national combined results not certified yet at time of release). Senior Joshua Harp, surveying and geomatics engineering technology, Farmington, finished third in men’s compound within the regional competition, and 11th in the national combined results.
First-year student Robert “Jay” Lawrence, surveying and geomatics engineering technology, Fort Ann, finished second in Lancaster and eighth in the nation. The indoor championships are a target round shot from 18 meters at a vertical target face featuring three round, colored bullseyes. Archers shoot 60-arrow rounds over two days (120 scored arrows total).
In addition to Summerville, Harp, and Lawrence, Alfred State Archery team members Jacob Pollock, mechanical engineering technology, Franklinville; Jacob Houseknecht, culinary arts, Candor; Jacob Patanella, mechanical engineering technology, Churchville; Tim Moran, mechanical engineering technology, Syracuse; Reice Woodward, criminal justice, Oakfield; and Tristin Brown, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Cincinnatus, also competed in the Indoor National Championships.
Coach Greg Sammons (USA Archery Level 3-NTS) was proud of the team, adding, “I’m thrilled with the performances of the team. Archery performance requires a strong mental program to work in concert with physical skills and a solid equipment setup, and our first-year Pioneers really responded with a lot of mental grit in their first national tournament. This is exciting for the trajectory of Alfred State Archery over the next few years.”
The Alfred State Archery Team is a member of the USA Archery Collegiate Archery program. The team has upcoming regional shoots before traveling in April to the USA Archery East Regional Outdoor Target Championships being hosted in Harrisonburg, VA.