March 16, 2022
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 2022 USA Archery Indoor Nationals Finals is a spotlight shootout where the top eight archers of all ages from this indoor season compete for $65,000 in prize money with payouts everywhere. The event will take place at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. on March 17.
Let’s take a look at the compound men and women who will be on the big stage next week.
The men’s compound group had the tightest scores, with just 15 points separating the top 15 archers in the combined ranking rounds of 53rd US National Indoor Archery Championships. A tie at three for 8and place made the cup highly controversial with USA Archery’s biggest prize of the year on the line.
World champion and former world No. 1 Dave Cousins (Standish, Maine) is ranked 1st after posting a 1195 in qualifying.
Kris Schaff (Billings, Montana) and Kyle Douglas (Liberty, Utah) are tied for 2nd with a qualifying score of 1194. Schaff is a World Cup champion and world number 4. Douglas is the defending champion in the indoor finals and will be looking forward to another gold medal this year.
The most decorated archer in World Cup history, Braden Gellenthien (Hudson, Mass.) the current world No. 3 is a world indoor champion, seeded 4and after scoring a 1192 in qualifying.
Also in the roster is world champion on the court and three-time indoor World Cup Finals champion Jesse “the Freakshow” Broadwater (Myakka, Fla.) is seeded 5andand tied for 6and were Jase Boils (Williamsburg, Ky.) and Tate Morgan (Billings, Mont.) who finished with scores of 1183. Boils is currently participating in USA Archery’s collegiate archery program for the University of the Cumberlands. Morgan won the World Archery 2020 Indoor World Series Gold Medal. I just do the 8and Seed tiebreaker, with a score of 1182 was Eli Hughes (Haw River, NC).
In women’s compound, Paige Pearce (Red Bluff, Calif.) won 1st seeded, scoring near his long-standing national record with a 1185 after a first half of 596. Pearce is the world champion on the ground and world team champion indoors and has never lost the final in Hall.
The last two editions of the indoor final have been between Pearce and Alexis Ruiz (Glendale, Arizona), but with Ruiz seeded 4and, the two could meet in the semifinals in Kentucky. With several new names of promising young talents in the bracket, these matches promise great emotion.
After Pearce in training, Liko Arreola (Makawao, Hawaii). At just 14, Arreola became the youngest archer to score a 900 at the Vegas Shoot, a feat she repeated en route to the big win last month.
Linda Ochoa-Anderson (Grantsville, Utah) qualified 3rd for the final, scoring a 1176. Ochoa-Anderson is also a highly decorated archer with numerous international indoor podiums under her belt.
Olivia Dean (Manahawkin, NJ) and Toja Ellison (Miami, Arizona) are seeded 5and and 6and respectively after each scoring 1172 in qualifying. At 15, Dean is making a name for herself as a fierce competitor. Ellison is the world No. 3 compound female archer and world champion in the field, European Games champion and won the silver medal at the 2021 Hyundai Archery World Cup final.
Kaylee Gurney, 14 (South Jordan, Utah) is another young archer to watch. Skilled Gurney 7and for the final with 1163, only two points ahead of Makenzie Weatherspoon (Lehi, Utah).
To follow the final on March 17, follow the USA Archery live results page. The quarter-finals will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET and the gold medal matches will be broadcast live on Competition Archery Media and USA Archery at 5:00 p.m. ET.
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