Mathews Shooters Represent Majority of US Compound World Team
The dust has finally settled at the Indoor Archery World Trials held in King of Prussia, PA on January 7th and 8th. Mathews Staff Members have come out on top, claiming 4 of the 6 Senior spots and 3 of 6 Junior spots. The event consisted of 120 arrows for qualification shot at the standard Vegas 3-spot target, scoring only the X as 10, a cut to the top 8 competitors followed by a round robin format on Sunday where each competitor shoots a match against each other.
After the qualification day, Mathews led the field in both the men’s and women’s categories. Braden Gellenthien led for the men after shooting an 1197 out of 1200 points, equivalent to 117 Xs out of 120 shots. Braden broke two national records in the process, a 599 half (which ties the current World Record) and the 1197 breaks the old National Record by 3 points. Fellow Mathews shooter Jimmy Butts, past World Archery Indoor Champion, qualified 3rd with 1182. On the women’s side Christie Colin led qualification with 1168 followed closely by Tristan Skarvan with 1161 for 3rd. All four shooters compete with the Mathews Conquest 4 equipped with Mini-max cams.
“On the qualification day my C4 shot insanely well” Braden said. “In 120 arrows I nailed 117 little tens… 598 tied the national record for a 60 arrow round in my first half and then I broke the national record with a 599 in the second half.” (599 ties the world record and is only the second 599 ever shot). Braden’s double round of 1197 broke the national record (FITA does not have a record for the double round). Braden went to say “this is the best target achievement I ever done.”
The next day brought round robins. In the US Trial format for round robins, the shooters get a bonus point for winning each match and their score totals from all 7 matches are tallied and points given based on their final position based on total. Braden finished the day 6-1 with the 2nd highest points total which was enough to secure him a spot on the team. Jimmy Butts went 5-2 and achieved the 3rd highest points total which maintained his 3rd place finish and qualified his spot.
Christie Colin after resigning back with Mathews the week prior led the women’s division from wire to wire finishing day 2 with a perfect 7-0 record and claiming the highest point total. The final spot on the women’s team was highly contested throughout. Tristan Skarvan finished her day 2 matches at 5-2 but with a 6-1 showing by the 4th place qualifier, she found herself in a sudden-death shoot off to claim her spot on the team. After 15 hard fought arrows, they were still tied, forcing a closest to center, single arrow shoot off to determine who would make the team. Tristan’s arrow hit her mark to surpass Gallagher’s effort to qualify Tristan for the team.
In the Junior class (20 years of age and under) Mathews is represented by Ben Cleland in the men’s division and by Sarah Lance and Lexi Keller in the women’s division.
The World Archery Indoor Championships will be held from February 5th-9th at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas. The competition includes both individual and team competitions with the finals for both events taking place on February 9th.