MMC Archery Team Places Tenth in U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships
In less than ten months, the Mount Marty College Club Archery Team has made its mark on the collegiate competition scene with a tenth place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia May 19-22.
Jade Steinberg, Yankton, S.D. finished as the silver medalist in the Womens Bowhunter division. Mount Martys Mixed Team of Albert Whitehat, Yankton, S.D., and Jamie Van Lent, Hope Mills, N.C., finished second to Texas AMs team in the Recurve (Olympic) division.
After several elimination rounds of shooting, Jarod Myer, Yankton, S.D., Albert Whitehat, and Jamie Van Lent just missed being in the top eight semi-final round by one point each.
In addition, Mount Marty College archers received three out of the six Best New Archer Awards. Albert Whitehat received the mens first place award and Jamie Van Lent received the womens first place award, while Kayce Olson, Ellendale, N.D., received second place for women.
Coach M.J. Rogers said that the team as a whole had spent many individual hours practicing and he was very proud of their success. They were certainly nervous going into a competition with over 250 competitors and teams like Texas AM whose program has been operating for 30 years. They held their own and kept their wits about them, he said.
According to Rogers, the Mount Marty team caught the attention of other coaches and competitors alike.
The U.S. Collegiate Archery (USCA) competition featured individual and team competition in recurve, compound, and bowhunter divisions. Some of the teams from across the United States included Columbia University, Texas AM, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Wayne State College from Nebraska.