In a tournament that featured lightning delays, shortened qualification rounds, pounding rain and even some shooting under stadium lights, Team Easton shooters battled their way to yet another dominating performance at the 131st USA Archery Outdoor Nationals/ US Open.
Team Easton Shooters claimed 11 of 12 medals- including all the gold medals- in the premiere Senior category at the US Open. In taking all the gold medals, Easton shooters also performed total podium sweeps in Women’s Compound, Men’s Compound and Men’s Recurve.
Top qualifier, Jamie Van Natta, led from wire-to-wire and defeated one of the world’s up and coming stars, 15 year-old Dahlia Crook, to claim gold. Lexi Keller completed the sweep with a bronze medal victory.
In Men’s Compound, a closely contested semi-final matches between Reo Wilde and another young shooter, Steven Manfull, saw Wilde advance to the gold medal match through a one arrow shoot-off. Easton’s Steve Anderson advanced over Team Easton’s Rodger Willett Jr, leading to a total Easton sweep of the top four positions. Wilde defeated Anderson for gold, and Manfull prevailed over Willett for bronze.
Brady Ellison led in qualification and continued the dominance on his gold medal run, defeating World Cup teammate Daniel McLaughlin in the final. 2012 Olympic Team Silver Medalist, Jacob Wukie, picked up a victory in the bronze medal match.
Khatuna Lorig continued with the stellar form she has shown all year on her way to a gold medal over Easton teammate Mackenzie Brown.
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