Southern Illinois Cup
Junior USAT Qualifier
Sorted FITA Results
Three junior division
Arizona JOADs brought back three medals.
The tournament is one of
four Jr USAT ranking events for 2005. Since there is no Junior World
Outdoor Trials tournament, the SI Cup was added as the fourth qualifier.
The tournament was also
the Illinois State Outdoor Championship.
Temperatures were very
warm and humid, but breezes made shooting challenging.
Maggie Huff of the Precision Shooters JOAD, recently returned from
the Mexican Grand Prix and continued to shoot well with a Bronze medal
3rd place finish in the Olympic Round after a 4th place finish in the
junior womenís recurve FITA.
Brady Ellison, Straight N Arrow JOAD/ Pineapple Archery, won Gold in
the Olympic Round after finishing second in the junior menís compound
Straight N Arrow JOAD finished first in both the Olympic Round and FITA
in junior womenís recurve.
The range was oriented with the archers shooting
to the south. The range was also a golf driving range.
TL Archery hosted a spaghetti dinner the evening
of practice day.
Less than 50 pre-registered, but the field grew
by Ĺ again as much with late registrants.
Two lines were shot, so the shooting was from 7am
to 5pm The FITA was run very close to the published schedule.
The size of the tournament was a manageable size
allowing for a basic tournament set up.
The tournament committee was unaccustomed to
running ORs so the seeding and process had to be worked out which delayed
the start of the ORs. ORs were completed about noon.
Winds were from the SSE and stronger on OR day.
Temperatures were in the high 80s. Humidity made for some uncomfortable
The forecasted thunderstorms did not materialize
in Murphysboro and tracked to the north of the area.
There was no need to
stake down the targets and bales on practice or FITA day.
ÖBut you never know when
the winds will blow the bales over as it did during the OR. Most of the
stands and butts blew over all at once during scoring of one arrow
shoot-offs. One archer was lucky to have their arrow shoved through the
butt undamaged, however the other archerís arrow wound up in three
pieces. The stands and butts just missed the archers as they were
Medals were handed
out for the State Championship and Southern Illinois Cup OR final finish.
Then it was time to head back to AZ.