The Kentucky Christian University Men’s and Women’s archery teams took to the range in Williamsburg for the United States Collegiate Archery - Outdoor South Region Tournament, where KCU took their first steps toward the USCAA National tournament.
KCU finished the tournament with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals and an overall 5th place ranking.
Senior Nick Trdina (men’s recurve) took the only gold medal for the Knights during the weekend’s competition.
In the men’s team compound division, Dakota Hines, Austin Williamson, and Nate Wilhelm worked their way through the bracket to finish third and capture the bronze.
The KCU barebow archers boosted the total team medal count as Briley Hearrin finished the tournament with the silver medal in women’s barebow and in the men’s barebow division, Andrew Howell took the Bronze. In mixed barebow, Hearrin and Howell won the bronze and was joined by Olivia Price to produce a bronze in the barebow team competition.
KCU archers will be leaving this week for Jackson, Mississippi where they will compete at the USCAA Outdoor National Championships and the Knights are very optimistic about their chances on the national stage in collegiate archery. The only disadvantage this young team takes into the tournament is the fact that they are unrepresented in many of the Bow classes.
Coach Messer said: “Our small program has only been limited in these last two seasons by not having the number of archers to compete in several competitive classes. Events that are unrepresented by KCU include all bowhunter classes, a women’s compound team and a full men’s/women’s barebow team. With new recruits coming into the program this fall, we will definitely boost our numbers and have the ability to be a dominant factor in both the USCAA and the Mid-South Conference in 2018-2019.”