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Arizona JOADs took part in the second of four Jr. US Archery Team qualifying
tournaments of 2003 on the campus of Southern Illinois University. The same organizers that hosted the US
Intercollegiate Archery Championship (USIAC) hosted the event. The tournament was open to Bowman and Cubs
divisions even though only Cadets and Juniors were competing for Jr. USAT
practice took place on Friday afternoon under threatening thunderstorm sky
with lightning spotted in the distance.
The grass “practice field” was saturated by month long rains. A bit soggy on the feet. A thunderstorm
finally hit on Friday late afternoon forcing some remaining archers off of
the practice field.
Archery hosted a party for all participants on Friday night.
tournament began at 7:00AM on Saturday morning under good conditions, very
light breezes, overcast skies, high humidity and temperatures in the low
eighties. The format of this
tournament was different because short distances were shot first followed by
long distances after lunch.
one-day FITA was shot with one line like that of the World Team Trials the
week before. There were up to three
archers per target. A concession
stand grilled lunch. The one-day FITA
was over by 3:00 PM.
the Olympic Rounds took place at the same time and under the same good
conditions as Saturday. The head to
head seeded matches were contested until the medal match pairings were
determined. Pairs of male and female
division and bow type medal matches then took place in the early afternoon
with each contestant on their own target.
Bowmen and Cubs were included in the Olympic Rounds.
Brandon Hunt (Pineapple Archery) (Glendale, AZ),
competed in the very competitive Junior Male Compound division. He came in 6th place in the
Brady Ellison (Pineapple Archery) (Payson, AZ),
Cadet Male Compound, won the bronze medal in the Olympic round.
Lindsay Pian (AZJOAD) (Scottsdale, AZ), Cadet
Female Recurve, won both the FITA and the gold medal in the Olympic round.
to all the competitors.
Cornell, Director of Shooting
Archery and Archery International
and the Field Crew
Leaderboard and Scoring Crew
Illinois University at Carbondale, venue
Nature for holding off and not raining during the tournament
and Grandparents of the JOADs