Six Arizona Juniors selected to the US Jr. World
Archery Championship Team
June 4th - 6th, 2004
Salt Lake City, Utah
NAA Press Release
Arizona Junior Olympic Archery Development youth archers (JOADs)
traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah for the US Junior World Team
was also a Jr. US Archery Team qualifier.
weekend of intense competition, several Arizona JOAD won positions
on the 32 member US team as well as Jr USAT ranking. Six Arizona
members on one USA Jr World Team was unprecedented.
Arizonans will join other JOADs from around the country and
represent the USA at the
8th Junior World Outdoor Target Championships.
The Championship will be held later this summer in Great Britain.
that competed and their results:
Maggie Huff, Tucson, US Jr World Team member
Davis, Tucson, US Jr World Team member
Lindsay Pian, Scottsdale, US Jr World Team member
Repp, Scottsdale, US Jr World Team member
Margaret Hargett, Payson, US Jr World Team member
Ellison, Glendale, US Jr World Team member
Aprilyn Witt, Waddell, Jr USAT ranking
Brandon Hunt, Phoenix, Jr USAT ranking
Arizona JOADs have been competing in target archery for several
years and some took part in a five month Arizona training program
that included classes, tournaments and team training. A highlight
of the program was a series of talks from former Arizona Jr. World
Team members that discussed what to expect and how to succeed in
national and world competition.
summer is a busy one. The Junior World Archery Team
Championship is one of several important national JOAD
competitions. The US Olympic Trials will take place in June in Ohio
to fill the US team for the 2004 Summer Olympics in August. The US
JOAD Nationals Championship Tournament will be held in July in
Georgia. The National Target Championship Tournament will be held
in July in Pennsylvania.
program is the youth component of the National Archery Association
and is sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee to develop
Olympic athletes. More information about Olympic archery in Arizona
is available at
was set up Friday morning at the beautiful Deseret Peak Recreation
Complex in Tooele county. By 2:00 PM Official practice began with
winds from the north to south at 10 mph. The temperatures each day
began in the seventies in the morning and peaked in the low 90s by
days end. New this year was the Cadet Olympic round distance and
longest female Cadet distance of 60 meters. The practice session
went on until 7:00 PM. The tournament organizers arranged for
pre-purchase of $5 next day sack lunches.
“Pizza” party took place at the host hotel Holiday Inn. Olympian,
Ed Ellison; Elite Coach Mike Girard and Easton’s Jeff McNail spoke
and engaged the crowd in archery discussions.
day FITA began at 8:00 AM with scoring starting at 9:00 AM. Over
one hundred of the nations elite Cadet and Junior division archers
competed in male, female, Olympic bow and Compound bow categories, 8
divisions total. Tension was high as only the top 8 archers in each
division would move on to Sunday's competition. The two long
distances were shot in the morning under a strong variable tail
wind. The 200 pre-purchased sack lunches allowed most to stay on
the field and socialize. The short distances were shot in the PM,
this time with a typical shifting gusty head wind.
evening, EASTON hosted a fantastic BBQ with all the trimmings.
Denise Parker spoke about the ability to have a life with archery
and took questions.
round and Round robin day:
trimmed field of 64 JOADs resulted in very close competitions. The
day also accounted for 3/4 of the tournament ranking. A head wind
shifted and gusted thru out the day. The Olympic rounds took place
in the AM. The single elimination nature of the Olympic round made
for intense focus on the shooting line. The simultaneous medal
rounds were timed on the clock by the DOS with alternating arrows
with the 8 bronze medal matches shot together followed by the 8 gold
robins matches consist of head to head competition with each archer
in the division. The Round matches also accounted for 1/2 of the
tournament ranking and took place in the PM. Tensions were at the
top of the scale. Match wins as well as the average round robin
score ranked competitors.
end, the top four in each division won positions on the thirty-two
member 2004 US Junior World Team. Trophies were awarded and a team
photo taken. EASTON announce that they are donating $150 to each of
the twenty eight unfunded team members! All six Arizona JOADs are
unfunded. Arizona has the largest number of archers from one
state. Eighteen states are represented on the team.
tournament was hosted by the Utah Hot Shots (Randi and Larry Smith)
Easton/Hoyt and the NAA. Officials were Lenny Schwade (DOS) and
Jane Johnson acted as Chairman of Judges. A team of local judges
took on the bulk of the judging duties. The officials did a great
job of moving the tournament along smoothly. A couple of judges
including Bob Pian pitched in to help judge during the ORs, which
helped keep things moving.
Salt Lake City Airport Holiday Inn was the host hotel and
provide a light sack breakfast to all the archer guests every
morning, as part of the room rate. The hotel also hosted the team
meeting where the NAA announced the coaches and the archers and
families filled out a host of forms.
Easton arranged for tours of their facilities where you could see a
bow handle go from a block of aluminum to a finished product and
aluminum arrows from aluminum coils to finished product including
the arrow anodizing process.
worthy is the announcement of Arizona’s Mark Penaz and Alexander
Kirillov as team coaches.