US Compound Junior Men Smash World Record at World Archery Youth Championships
WUXI, China – The US
junior men’s compound squad made history this morning at the 2013 World Archery
Youth Championships, with three top five-finishes and a combined team score
that shattered the previous world record. The trio the record by 29 points, to
set a new world record team qualification score of 2111.
Alex Wifler (Chicago,
Ill.), who has only been competitive in the compound division for a few months
after a hand injury made shooting recurve impossible, rocked qualifications
today with a 708 to seal his spot in first heading into elimination matches.
With just a few points on
either side, Bridger Deaton (Pella, Iowa) took second over current senior world
champion, Stephan Hansen (NED) while teammate Danny Button (Monona, Wis.)
finished 5th; all three US archers will have byes through to the
The junior compound women
also qualified first as a team. Kailey Johnston (Dublin, Ga.) led the pack, finishing fifth
individually and qualifying first for mixed team rounds with Wifler. Paige
Pearce (Red Bluff, Calif.) and Lexi Keller (Omro, Wis.) finished 11th
and 17th respectively.
McLaughlin (Chula Vista, Calif.) was the top performer from the US recurve
junior men’s team, finishing 10th with a solid 1300. Tough
competition, Olympian Gael Prevost (FRA) and three competitors from Korea took
the top four positions. Teammates Jeremiah Cusick and Sean McLaughlin (Chula
Vista, Calif.) tied to finish 31st and 32nd respectively.
The team is seeded 5th and will have a good shot at medal matches.
recurve junior women’s field was also dominated by Korea, however Team USA’s
Mackenzie Brown (Chula Vista, Calif.) finished 8th to secure her
safely into the 1/16th elimination. Lanola Pritchard (Chula Vista,
Calif.) locked into the 16th seed while teammate Ariel Gibilaro
(Chula Vista, Calif.) qualified 28th. The women performed well
enough to rank 3rd as a team and are favored to medal as the team
resumes tomorrow with cadet qualification rounds. Live scores and complete
detailed score reports for each archer can be found here. Follow USA Archery on
Facebook and twitter for updates and photos from the field.
Some information attributed to World Archery Communications.