News: Record-Breaking Performance at NAA Nationals
Over 700 archers called Hamilton, Ohio home from July 10th-13th as USA Archery held the 44th Annual NAA Outdoor National competition. This event served as a multipurpose event; declaring the organization’s Outdoor Champion and also providing very important ranking points that determined the qualifiers for next year’s World Cup team. The archers shoot 36 arrows at both 90 and 70 meters (Woman’s classes’ shoot 70 and 60 meters) on a 122 centimeter target where the 10 ring is equivalent to about the size of a softball. The remaining 36 arrows are shot at both 50 and 30 meters at a smaller, 80 centimeter target whereas the 10 ring is about the size of a baseball.
In the Men’s class, Mathews Pro Braden Gellenthien opened scoring with a new US National Record, scoring 348, out of 360, at 90 meters to lead the field by 10 points. Braden broke the previous record by 3 points and led the tournament wire to wire, finishing with a 1391 (out of a possible 1400) for the full, 120 arrow FITA. “Conditions weren’t the greatest at Nationals but I’ve been training exclusively at 90 meters for the last week and was very confident in what my bow could do,” said Braden. Braden shoots the Apex 7 with Easton Protour 420’s and added, “my setup is extremely forgiving, aims like a rock, and always hits behind the pin.”
Other Mathews Pro’s toping the podium includes Tristan Scarvan and Matt Stutzman. Tristan walked away with a bronze in the Female Senior Compound division while Inspirational Archer, Matt Stutzman clenched gold in the Men’s Senior Paralympic Compound division.
In addition to winning the tournament, Braden secured a spot on next year’s World Cup Team which will represent the USA at 4 “regular season” World Cup events. This year, Braden is currently leading the World Cup points race with fellow Mathews Pro, Martin Damsbo, right on his tail in second. The third leg of this year’s World Cup will take place in Medellin, Colombia this coming week, with Braden entering as the #1 World Ranked archer and Martin #3 overall.