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Archers Flock to Yankton for National Championship

Yankton, S.D. – Sep 18, 2018. The National Field Archery Association, NFAA, wrapped up it’s outdoor tournament season for the year with the Outdoor Target National Championships hosted at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center September 15-16. Two hundred sixty archers and their families, from across the country, gathered in Yankton this weekend to compete at nationals. This two-day event featured a 90-arrow scoring round on Saturday and 60-arrow scoring round on Sunday at three distances with ranking based on cumulative score out of a possible 1,500 points. Age categories from 8 to 70+ in bow divisions ranging from traditional bows with no accessories to Olympic recurve and compound bows with sights, release aids and stabilizers competed for national ranking.

 

Yankton was represented at the podium this year in the women’s divisions. Nicole Schmitz took home the national championship in the adult female bowhunter division with a score of 1401. Hannah Bartos earned her second national championship this year in the young adult female compound freestyle division with a score of 1,450 followed by Kellie Geigle who took home silver with a score of 1428 in their home turf. 

 

In addition to national ranking, archers also have the opportunity to break national scoring records for the 900 Round shot Saturday, the 600 Round shot Sunday and the cumulative scoring total for both days. It was a year for records in various divisions including the professional male compound freestyle division with national champion James Lutz breaking the 600 round score with a 594 and to cumulative score record with a 1489. In the professional female compound freestyle division, Paige Pearce defended her national title and broke all three national records for this tournament with an 894, 586 and cumulative 1480 score. Pearce had just returned to the US after winning the world field championships hosted in Italy the weekend prior to this event. 

Both Lutz and Pearce, along with fellow podium finishers Lexi Keller and Tate Morgan, were guest professional archers at the NFAA High Performance Adult Academy held over the same weekend at the Archery Center. This three-day academy was open to all adult compound archers and featured opportunities to receive coaching from national coaches and internationally competitive professional archers. Academy topics covered a wide variety of topics from equipment tuning, shot execution, mental management for competition, roundtable questions for the pros and video analysis for all archers in attendance. “I am over the moon about this academy,” commented academy participant Paul Parsons of Wood Lake, MN. “The information I got here was amazing. This academy exceeded my expectations.”

A new feature of this weekend was the presentation of Mount Marty College scholarships for archers in the Young Adult Compound and Recurve divisions. Twelve archers, including Yankton residents Hannah Bartos and Kelly Geigle, were presented with athletic scholarships to Mount Marty’s archery team. “The Mount Marty team came about through a partnership with the college and the NFAA Foundation and we wanted the chance to let archers at the podium know that there can be a place for them as a Lancer,” says Josahan Jaime-Santacruz, head coach for the archery team. “We are very lucky to be able to share with young archers that there are opportunities to compete in college and get a great education so we jumped at the chance.”

 

Activities for the NFAA and the Easton Archery Center never stop though; the NFAA is already in the works to prepare for events next year and the Archery Center has started it’s local archery classes and will start leagues next week. For more information on national events, people can visit the nfaausa.com website and for information on archery classes and coaching at the Archery Center more information is available at neyac.org. For photos, updates, and additional event details, visit the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@YanktonArchery).