FOLEY, Ala. – UPIKE archery may have sent a program-defining statement this weekend, finishing second as a team at the USA Archery 3D Collegiate National Championship.
The runner-up finish marks the best team finish at a national event in the program’s three-year history. UPIKE claimed 13 total medals, including six golds, to build that result. The Bears finished just eight points back of first place and finished 10 points ahead of third.
UPIKE had two individuals claim gold with AJ Clements in men’s recurve, and Dustin Eldridge in men’s barebow.
The rest of the medals came from team events including the Bears sweeping the recurve team events. Tori Gayheart, Elizabeth Jones, and Brooke Hamilton took home gold in women’s recurve; while Devin Gayheart, Zach Johnson, and Clements combined to take gold in the men’s side.
UPIKE’s other two golds came from Katie Karr and Eldridge in the mixed barebow team event and from Anna Scarbrough, Catelynn McKnight, and Jones winning the women’s mixed equipment event.
Pikeville also claimed three silver medals, all three as teams. The women’s bowhunter team of McKnight, Lauren Burgess, and Brooke Fannin, the men’s mixed equipment team of Dylan Turley, Ethan Francis and Clements, and the mixed recurve team of Clements and Jones earned the three silvers for UPIKE.
Four total individuals or teams also earned bronze medals to round out the podium stand for the Bears. Karr took home bronze in women’s barebow as the last individual medal for Pikeville. Turley and Scarbrough (mixed compound), Karr, Kayla Snyder and Kendra Cannon (women’s barebow team), and Andrew Blackburn, Dustin Eldridge, and Jacob Suffridge (men’s barebow team) each earned bronze as well.
Archery now transitions to the indoor season, with Indoor Regionals taking place on February 14 in Madisonville, Ky.