Barbourville, KY – The UC Archery team traveled just northeast to Union College to compete and qualify in the 2019 USA Archery 3D Southeastern Regionals. Shooting on Friday qualified the archers for both the 3D Nationals as well as Saturday's Mid-South Conference Championships. Cumberlands came out seeking back-to-back 3D national championships and have positioned themselves in great shape for their next events. UC had two individual shooters earn the top-seed in their respective events entering Saturday's conference championships along with four #1 seeds and three #2 seeds in team rounds.
"It was another great start to our season," said Head Coach Kris Strebeck. "We had a great core of shooters step up and score well today. We had some others who came out and surprised a few people as well. Overall, we are in good position for Saturday and I'm anxious to get things going."
Once again leading the way for UC this year in the Men's Compound division was Jase Boils. On the day, Boils hammered 22 12-rings and a total of 430 points, to notch the top spot in the division. Teammate Aaron Adams followed closely with 16 12-rings and a total score of 426 to finish runner-up and qualify for Saturday's shootdown for the MSC crown. Newcomer Gavin Martinezfinished just outside of the final shootdown, placing sixth overall with a score of 406 due to number of 12-rings hit. Clay Weaverplaced 12th with a 389, while Brandon Durham shot a 385 to finished 14th.
Women's Compound saw two Patriots qualify for the shootdown on Saturday with many other just outside looking in. Brooke Millercarded a total score of 387 with 10 12-rings to finish third overall. Teammate Samantha Rayburn earned the final spot in fifth place with a score of 376 with eight 12-rings. Patriots Hannah Moose, Omni Dudley, and Amanda Newland all finished sixth, seventh, and eighth respectively, all finishing the day shooting 372.
A pair of Patriots also qualified for the individual shootdowns on Saturday in the Men's Bowhunter division. Newcomer Elliott Crossjoined Patriot veteran Caleb Dixon in a tie for second with scores of 415. Cross will get the second seed with 18 12-rings as Dixon would mark 13 12-rings on the day.
Cumberlands will hold the majority of spots in Saturday's Women's Bowhunter shootdown for the MSC Championships as newcomer Madison Cox ran away with the top qualifying spot, carding a score of 408 with nine 12-rings. Teammates Kaitlyn Shields and Michaela McDonald rounded out the field in fourth and fifth with scores of 361 and 352, respectively.
In Women's Barebow, UC's Tara Currie switched divisions this year and qualify third with a score of 241. On the men's side, newcomer Dalton Nealy would also qualify third in Saturday's shootdown with a score of 281.
Finally, qualifying fourth in the Women's Recurve division was Miranda Lauria who tallied a total score of 307 with three 12-rings on the day.