Team Hoyt stars pulled out all the stops this weekend to seize every Gold medal at the USAA’s Gator Cup USAT event, which was also the first phase of the three-day USAA World Team tryouts. When the dust settled in the hot and windy Florida Easton-Newberr

Khatuna Lorig, Brady Ellison, Reo Wilde and Erika Jones each took gold in their respective categories with Hoyt bows.

Gator Cup

In women’s recurve, Lorig shot her way through match wins versus formidable opponents in the recurve women’s category, proving that five Olympic Games’ worth of competitive experience comes in handy on a tough field.  Lorig delivered a perfect 30 in the final end for the win, 6-2.   For Women’s compound, Jones came up against fellow Team Hoyt and World Cup teammate Jamie Van Natta in the Gold medal match.  This proved to be a close match with Jones fighting back from a deficit in the first end to win her gold medal and the Gator Cup crown, 142-139.

For men’s recurve, all the medal matches featured Team Hoyt shooters.  Team Hoyt’s Joe Fanchin presented a tough challenge for Brady Ellison for the gold medal match, forcing a one-arrow shootoff to decide the winner.  Brady delivered the winning shot for the gold.  Jake Kaminski shot a 6-4 win versus Canada’s Crispin Duenas, who qualified in the #1 slot for the event, for bronze

USA World Championship Team Selections

The top eight archers from each of the senior men’s and women’s, recurve and compound categories were eligible to compete for the three positions on the US World Team that will compete at the Outdoor World Championships in Turkey later this year. The top eight archers shoot a round-robin matches, each archer shooting 7 matches total. With points accumulated from qualification, individual eliminations and from round-robin match play the top ranked archers make their way onto the team.

In the men’s compound division Reo Wilde and Jesse Broadwater made the team once again and will definitely be a force to be reckoned with in Turkey. In the women’s compound division, Erika Jones was the top performing archer earning the number one spot on the team.

Khatuna Lorig maintained her position and earned the top spot on the women’s recurve team. The recurve men will be an all Hoyt powerhouse with Brady Ellison, Joe Fanchin and Brady Ellison representing the USA.

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