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World Archery Festival: Penn. Archer Sets World Record In 30-Meter Shoot

As the last line of archers started making their way back from scoring their final targets, word started circulating that someone might have set a new world record.

After a brief deliberation and a check of the scorecard, an announcement was made that Jesse Broadwater had unofficially done something no other archer in the world had.

Broadwater, a 27-year-old Jennerstown, Penn., resident, set an unofficial world record Friday at the USA Archery National Target Championships by recording a 360/34X (all arrows in the center) on a 30-meter target.

The mark still needs final verification from the International Archery Federation (FITA), but the record figures to stand.

“I've been feeling good and had a lot of confidence coming in,” Broadwater said minutes later, between handshakes with fellow archers. “The good weather really helped, but I always have trust in myself.

“This is pretty cool to have something like this happen.”

According to USA Archery officials, the center X circle on the targets are used for tiebreaking purposes, and therefore, it becomes harder for every arrow to find space inside that circle.

Adding to the challenge is the fact that archers shoot six arrows now, instead of the three previously shot.

“There's just not much room in there to do something like this,” he said. “You can have arrows glancing off each other, away from the X (center).”

The previous mark was a 360/33X by South African Seppie Cilliers on a 30-meter target.

After earning a silver medal at this year's World Championships, Broadwater completed the trifecta this week.

He won the USA Archery National Field Championship, the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) National Field Championship and the USA Archery National Target Championship - all held in Yankton as part of the World Outdoor Archery Festival.

“I felt like I had a good setup before this week; like everything was in place for me,” he said. “At that first event, I had never done anything like that. So I had to learn and watch others.

“Now I have some kind of expectation to do well all the time.”

Virginia Archer Holds Special Title

While the field for the USA Archery National Target Championships boasts a number of widely-known archers, a selection of two Americans hold a special designation.

Rodger Willett Jr., a 48-year-old Virginia resident, is one of two archers (Brady Ellison is the other) to win back-to-back World Cup titles

Willett Jr. competed in the second stage of the World Cup last month in Turkey, and previously competed in a stage held in Croatia. From Yankton, he will travel to Ogden, Utah, for the third stage, and will return to Turkey in September for the World Cup finals.

Saying he averages practice five days each week, Willett Jr. said once he gets home from work and cleans up, he's out at the range until dark.

“It took a lot of work and a ton of training,” he said. “All you can do is trust your experience and pray for the best. I never do that well in the qualifying rounds, but in the eliminations, I kind of turn it on.”

Willett Jr. owns a small tree service - literally a professional tree climber - and loves to spear fish and free-dive. He said those activities keep him in good shape, despite the persistent humidity along the East Coast.

“I love spending time out on the ocean,” he said. “The temperature and humidity is about what it is here (Yankton) this week, but at least it's not raining.”

Hoyt World Open Today

In conjunction with, and immediately following, the USA Archery National Target Championships will be the Hoyt World Open today (Saturday), beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Designed to attract the world's top archers, the event will offer a record amount of prize money - totals surpassed only by the World Archery Championships and the Olympic games.

• USA Archery will pay $2,000, $500 and $200 for all four senior categories (men's compound, men's recurve, women's compound, women's recurve).

• Hoyt will pay $8,000 (1st place), $2,000 (2nd) and $1,000 (3rd) for the same categories.

Today's competition will feature elimination rounds throughout the day, with the finals scheduled for 6 p.m. A new car shoot-off will be held at approximately 9 p.m.

The public is invited to attend all action today at the Easton Archery Center targets, located directly behind Best Western Kelly Inn and the NFAA headquarters building.