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Alfred State archers earn top honors at national tournament

Alfred State archers earn top honors at national tournament

Select members of the Alfred State Archery Team traveled to Lancaster, PA, over the past weekend to compete in the Lancaster Classic, an internationally attended major archery event.

A new component of the event was a national collegiate tournament featuring archers from across the country. Alfred State archers took two top honors, netting first-place finishes in both the men’s open and men’s hunter categories.

Archer Jacob Houseknecht, culinary arts, Candor, performed strongly all weekend and surpassed the competition to stand atop the podium in the men’s open and claim the new national title for this tournament. He commented that the national victory was special “after years of shooting and countless hours behind a bow.” Houseknecht thanked both his coaches and family for pushing him, saving a special thanks for his father reigniting his passion and appreciation for the fun in competitive archery.

Senior archer Jacob Patanella, mechanical engineering technology, Churchville, no stranger to podium finishes, also rose to the top of the collegiate hunter division. Patanella impressively charged forward with just four ends remaining to erase a 6-point deficit and claim the title. The two archers and the rest of the Alfred State Archery Team will be back in Lancaster next month to compete in the USA Archery Indoor National Championships.

three men standing with awards
Alfred State archer Jacob Patanella took first place in the men’s hunter category at the Lancaster Classic in Lancaster, PA.
three men standing with awards
Alfred State’s Jacob Houseknecht, center, earned a first-place finish in the men’s open category at the Lancaster Classic in Lancaster, PA.