The Alfred State Archery team continued its strong season this past weekend at the USA Archery East Region Outdoor Collegiate Championships. The Pioneers earned two team medals and two individual medals, and three Alfred State archers were named to the East All-Region team.
Overall, 11 members of the Alfred State Archery team competed in the championships, which were held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Alfred State’s men’s hunter (fixed pins) team consisting of Jacob Patanella mechanical engineering technology, Churchville; Robert “Jay” Lawrence, surveying and geomatics engineering technology, Fort Ann; and Jacob Pollock, mechanical engineering, Franklinville; won a gold medal match against Penn Tech. Patanella also earned a second-place individual finish after battling through the head-to-head elimination rounds.
The men’s compound (open) team consisting of senior Joshua Harp, surveying and geomatics engineering technology, Farmington; first-year student Nathan Summerville, mechanical engineering technology, Fulton; and Jacob Houseknecht, culinary arts, Candor; took silver/second place after losing a close gold medal match to James Madison University.
In addition to these honors, Ethan Frederick criminal justice, Baldwinsville, took an individual second-place finish in the barebow division.
Capping off a successful weekend, USA Archery announced All-Region winners for the East.
All-Region honors are calculated from combined scores from USA Archery Indoor Nationals and the East Regional Outdoor Collegiate Championships. Three Alfred State Pioneers achieved this honor for the first time in the history of the program, as Harp, Summerville, and Lawrence all were named to the East All-Region Team.
Coach Greg Sammons (USA Archery Level 3-NTS) lauded the team, noting, “Alfred State Archery won two team medals, two individual medals, and witnessed three archers named All-Region. We’re a young team and our archers are amassing important experience that will propel the team forward. This is an exciting time in our growing program.”
The Alfred State Archery Team is a member of the USA Archery Collegiate Archery program. The team has one more major event this season: the USA Archery National Outdoor Collegiate Championships in Dublin, Ohio from May 16-19.