Archers from 36 nations competing in Ogden this week

OGDEN — The USA Team dominated the first day of qualifying rounds at the third stage of the 2011 Archery World Cup. Following the 72-arrow qualification round at Weber State University, the U.S. Team leads the competition holding top spots in nine of 10 individual and team categories.

Thirty-six countries are in Ogden this week to compete in the third stage of the 2011 Archery World Cup. Porec, Croatia; Antalya, Turkey hosted the first two stages, with Shanghai, China hosting the final stage. Qualifications will continue at Weber State University on Thursday at 9 a.m. and finish early evening.

Finals will take place at Lindquist Field on Friday and Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. All events are free to attend and open to the public.

American Brady Ellison, the No. 1 world ranked archer qualified first overall with a 683 points in the men’s recurve division. Dmytro Hrachov (Ukraine) achieved a high score with 676 points for a second place ranking. Canada’s Crispin Duenas finished third with 675 points. For the U.S. Team, Jake Kaminski and Joe Franchin finished 11th and 12th, shooting 667 and 666.

The USA men’s compound team finished in the top three spots following the first 36 arrows. The second half of the 72-arrow round repeated the same pattern with the U.S. in the lead. Brady Gellenthien shot a total 707 for the top ranking. Brothers Logan and Reo Wilde followed in second and third with 707 and 706 respectively. Team USA’s Rodger Willet finished the qualification round in 10th with a 701.

In the women’s compound division recent World Open champion Christie Colin stayed on top of the competition finishing first. Jamie Van Natta took second with a score of 692. Croatia’s Ivan Buden finished third with 689 points. Erika Anschutz from USA finished fourth for a total of 687 points. Additionally, Erika Anschutz, Christie Colin and Jamie Van Natta united to dominate the women’s compound team with a 45-point lead over second place India.

Team USA’s Miranda Leek, an 18-year old rising recurve star from Des Moines, battled for a top spot against seven-time world champion Natalia Valeeva (Italy) and Bishindee Urantungala (Mongolia). In the end, Urantungala took the top seed with 661 points. Valeeva and Leek followed closely with 660 points each.

U.S. teammates Jennifer Nichols advanced to the next round with a shoot-off to capture the coveted eighth spot with 649 points. Khatuna Lorig (USA) finished 11th with 648 and Kristin Braun finished 51st with 582 points. Leek and Nichols along with the other top eight recurve archers will advance to compete in the 1/16 eliminations.

The Americans, so far are dominating the team competition, leading with 487 points. South Korea is next closest with 324 points, followed by Italy (178), Russia (173), France (172), Iran (164), Denmark (118) and India (111). A complete list can be found here.

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