Lancaster JOAD Scores Big at 2017 Outdoor Nationals

Lancaster Junior Olympic Archery Development had a grand showing at the JOAD National Championships in Westfield, Ind., last weekend.

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The team sent 24 archers, who came home with a total of 20 medals, including one national championship. The medal count consists of eight golds, five silvers and seven bronzes.

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Lancaster JOAD is a team of young recurve and compound archers who train at Lancaster Archery Academy, under the direction of head coach Heather Pfeil.

JOAD is a national program of USA Archery that teaches archery to young people and provides them the opportunity to compete.

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This year’s contingent of archers from Lancaster at Outdoor Nationals was the largest ever sent by the team, and it was the team’s best performance, “by far,” Pfeil said. Four of the archers who won medals were competing at Outdoor Nationals for the first time.

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Following is a list of the Lancaster JOAD archers who won medals:

Casey Kaufhold, gold in U.S. Nationals – meaning she is the national champion – and gold in the U.S. Open in Female Cadet Recurve.

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Casey Kaufhold, center, is the 2017 national champion in Female Cadet Recurve.

Danielle Woodie, gold in team competition, silver in Clout, bronze in U.S. Nationals in Female Cadet Compound.

Tyler Heritage, gold in Clout, silver in team competition in Male Cadet Compound.

Conner Kaufhold, gold in Clout in Male Cadet Recurve.

Ethan Martin, gold in team competition in Male Bowmen Recurve.

Zena Ross, gold in Clout in Female Junior Compound.

Colby Weaver, gold in team competition in Male Bowmen Compound.

Katie Collier, silver in team competition in Female Cub Compound.

Henry Dremann, silver in U.S. Nationals, bronze in team competition in Male Bowmen Compound.

Sara Sherman, silver in team competition, bronze in Clout in Female Junior Compound.

Clay Weaver, bronze in team competition in Male Cadet Compound.

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Clay Weaver, center, won bronze in the Male Cadet Compound team competition.

Rubie Chambers, bronze in team competition in Female Bowmen Compound.

Kevin Clayton, bronze in U.S. Nationals in Male Junior Compound.

Amanda Newland, bronze in Clout in Female Cadet Compound.

 

National/World Records Broken at Lancaster Archery During National Indoor Championships

Seven potential national and world records were broken by archers competing in the 48th U.S. National Indoor Championships and 2017 JOAD National Indoor Championships Feb. 24-26 at Lancaster Archery Supply in Lancaster, Pa.

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Casey Kaufhold likely broke the national record in Recurve Cub Female division.

Lancaster Archery Supply hosted 340 archers from all over the East Coast for the two indoor championships. Archers across the country compete against one another in these two tournaments at various regional locations around the U.S.

Besides Lancaster, regional competitions were held Feb. 24-26 in Massachusetts, California, Georgia and Michigan. Others are scheduled in different locations through March 12. After those tournaments, national champions in all of the competition divisions will be declared.

At the Lancaster Archery Supply competition, the following archers recorded scores that are pending certification by USA Archery as new national or world records:

  • Robert Mitchell’s double round score of 1144 in the Compound Masters 70+ Male division should replace the current national record of 1130 set in 2016.
  • Laura Bennett Shelton’s double round score of 1119 in the Recurve Masters Female division should replace the current national record of 1100 set in 2016.
  • Carol Richards’ double round score of 1021 in the Barebow Masters Female division should replace the current national record of 965 set in 2016.
  • Ed Krystofosky’s double round score of 1058 in the Traditional Recurve Seniors Male division should replace the current national record of 991 set in 2015.
  • Casey Kaufhold’s single round score of 582 in the Recurve Cub Female division should replace the current national record of 579 set in 2011.
  • Sachiko Keane’s single round score of 589 in the Compound Cadets Female division should replace the current world record of 588 set in 2013.
  • Scott Rissinger’s double round score of 1139 in the Recurve Masters Male division should set the new national record.

Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc., offers the world’s largest online and in-store selection of 3D, target, bowhunting and traditional archery equipment. The company actively supports tournament archers around the world, and hosts the annual Lancaster Archery Classic, an international competition that draws over 1,000 competitive archers to Pennsylvania each year. The Lancaster, Pa., based Pro Shop is also home to the Lancaster Archery Academy – a year-round training facility for beginner, intermediate and competition archers.

Alex Wifler Hangs Out with Lancaster Archery Academy JOAD

Pro archer Alex Wifler, who was the 2016 Lancaster Archery Classic Men’s Open Pro champion and the 2015 Vegas Shoot winner, spent the evening of Oct. 13 hanging with members of the Lancaster Archery Academy JOAD club. Also joining in on the fun were Alex’s parents, Chris and Tim Wifler, who are the owners of All Tyed Up – a company that leads groups in making tie dye shirts.

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Alex, 22, talked to the kids for a bit about his career competing with a compound bow first, then switching to Olympic recurve, before switching back to compound for good. He competed in the Men’s Unlimited division at his first Lancaster Archery Classic when he was just 14 years old, missing the cut for the shoot-off by one position. At the time, that’s the class that all the top pros shot in.

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At 20 years of age, Alex was the youngest archer ever to win the Men’s Open Pro division at The Vegas Shoot, which is considered to be the most prestigious indoor archery tournament in the world. He has since shot all over the world in World Archery events as a member of the USA Archery team.

As a young person with lots of top-tier archery competition experience, Alex is a great mentor for Lancaster JOAD club members to interact with.

He spent the evening watching kids shoot, offering tips on shooting and mental preparation and sharing lots of laughs with the club members.

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Meanwhile, small groups of kids cycled off the shooting line and made tie dye shirts with Alex’s parents. Each kid made his or her own shirt, featuring his or her own design, under the direction of Chris and Tim Wifler.

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It was a great night of archery, tie dyes and general camaraderie.

Alex plans to start his indoor competition season in November and work toward defending his LAS Classic title at the 2017 tournament Jan. 27-29.

JOAD archers from Lancaster shoot the lights out at Outdoor Nationals

Nineteen young archers from the Lancaster JOAD Team and Lancaster Academy JOAD Club competed in the Outdoor Nationals tournament in Alabama last week and brought home a truckload of hardware – 13 medals in all, including two Grand Champions.

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The fine showing from the Lancaster archers is a testament to their dedication and hard work, and to the support they receive from their coaches and families.

The JOAD – Junior Olympic Archery Development – program is geared toward training young archers in the sport of target archery. Only recurve archers currently can compete in the Olympics, but JOAD includes compound archers as well.

Casey Kaufhold – daughter of Lancaster Archery Supply president Rob Kaufhold, and company CEO Carole Kaufhold – led the way among the Lancaster archers with four medals – all of them gold. She was the top finisher after the two qualifying rounds in the Female Bowman Recurve division. Both her first-day score of 696, and her combined two-day score of 1384 unofficially are the new national records for that class.

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Casey Kaufhold atop one of the many podiums she climbed at Outdoor Nationals.

In the elimination round, Casey once again emerged at the top of the pack to take home the U.S. Open gold medal.

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Casey Kaufhold with a solid 10, which won her one-arrow shootoff.

Her three-archer team captured gold in the team round of competition, which, in turn, vaulted her to the Grand National Champion’s title, which is awarded to the top archer in the qualification, elimination and team rounds combined.

TJ Strychalski, who works part time as a bow technician in the LAS Pro Shop, also won the Grand National Champion’s award in the Male Cadet Compound division. TJ started off qualifications shooting an unofficial new national record of 704 – a record he then broke the next day with a 708. TJ’s combined total easily won him the gold medal.

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TJ Strychalski’s 708 on the second day of qualifications broke his record from the previous day by 4 points.

In the elimination round, TJ defeated all the archers he faced to claim gold there, and just one more 10 would have earned him a world record. TJ’s team didn’t win a medal, but TJ shot well enough to claim the Grand National Championship.

Other medals earned by Lancaster JOAD archers are as follows:

Sara Sherman: Gold medal in the Clout Round in the Female Junior Compound Division.

Tyler Heritage: Silver medal in the Team Round and bronze medal in the Elimination Round in the Male Cub Compound division.

Julia Lizik: Bronze medal in the Team Round in the Female Cub Compound division.

Zena Ross: Bronze medal in the Team Round in the Female Cadet Compound division.

Katie Collier: Bronze medal in the Team Round in the Female Bowman Compound division.

Several of the local JOAD archers also claimed Olympian Pins, which are earned by shooting high scores.

Lancaster Archery Supply Hosting Indoor National Championships Feb. 27-29

Lancaster Archery Supply is one of 13 sites across the country hosting USA Archery’s 2016 National Indoor Championships and JOAD National Indoor Championships.

Hundreds of archers – mostly from the Northeast – will converge on Lancaster Archery’s professional, indoor shooting facilities at 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 27-29, to compete in the two events.

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The National Indoor Championships is open to kids and adults of all ages, while the JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) tournament is open only to archers age 20 and under who are part of a certified JOAD program. Lancaster Archery Supply is home to the Lancaster JOAD program.

This is the first year Lancaster Archery Supply is hosting the two national championships.

Archers shooting at Lancaster Archery this weekend will be competing against archers shooting simultaneously at venues in Ohio and California, plus archers who already logged scores the previous two weekends, and others scheduled to shoot at a total of five locations over the next two weekends.

Each archer in both tournaments must shoot two rounds of 60 arrows each over the course of the three days. A perfect score is a 600.

Archers will compete in a variety of divisions based upon their age and equipment. Both recurve and compound bows will be shot in the tournament.

National champions in each division will be those with the highest scores.

Although the thousands of archers participating in the two national indoor championships will be spread across the country, they can follow everyone’s scores through the Rcherz scoring system. Rcherz hosts an electronic scoring system for archery, and the organization’s website will have live results of the two championships throughout the tournaments.

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“We are honored that the Lancaster Archery Academy was asked to be one of the 2016 hosting venues for the National Indoor Championships,” said Lancaster Archery Supply President Robert Kaufhold. “Our staff has worked hard to develop this facility into a national venue and that work has been realized with this opportunity to host a USA Archery event.”

Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc. offers the world’s largest online and in-store selection of 3D, target, bowhunting and traditional archery equipment. The company actively supports tournament archers across the U.S. and hosts the annual Lancaster Archery Classic, an international competition that draws over 1,000 competitive archers to Pennsylvania each year. The Lancaster, Pa., based Pro Shop is also home to the Lancaster Archery Academy ‑ a year-round training facility for beginner, intermediate and competition archers.

Lancaster Archery Academy JOAD’s McKenna Kimmel launches archery-themed clothing line

McKenna Kimmel, 17, who is a member of Lancaster Archery Academy’s Junior Olympic Archery Development team, has launched her own archery-themed clothing line, called Quiver Archery Apparel.

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Photo courtesy of Suzette Wenger and LNP.

The line is primarily aimed at, not surprisingly, young female archers. It currently consists of T-shirts, tank tops and hats.

The initiative combines three things McKenna, a junior at Lampeter-Strasburg High School in Lancaster County, Pa., is passionate about – archery, fashion and graphic design.

Her entrepreneurial endeavor caught the eyes of editors at her local newspaper – LNP – which ran a feature that you can read here.

‘Project Runway’ finalist Laura Bennett Shelton coming to Lancaster Archery Academy to coach USA Archery camp

Laura Bennett Shelton, a champion archer and fashion designer, will be a featured coach at USA Archery’s Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Camp being hosted by Lancaster Archery Academy July 30-Aug. 2.

Shooting an Olympic recurve bow, Shelton has been racking up some impressive finishes at some of the world’s biggest tournaments the past two years. Most recently, she took home the silver medal in the women’s Master Class at World Archery’s 2015 Championships of the Americas tournament in May. A month earlier, she won USA Archery’s U.S. National Indoor Championships in the Female Master 50+ division.

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In February, Shelton cracked the top-25 at the National Field Archery Association’s World Archery Festival in Las Vegas, and posted the seventh-highest score among American women.

Last year, Shelton was part of the six-member team – three men and three women – to represent the United States in the World Indoor Archery Championships in Nimes, France.

Away from the archery range, Shelton, a mother of six and author of two books, earned national fame in 2006 as a finalist on the Bravo network’s hit show, “Project Runway.” The reality show follows up-and-coming fashion designers as they compete against one another with their creations.

Shelton will be part of a team of elite instructors teaching youngsters age 8-17 about competitive archery at the USA Archery camp to be held at Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc.’s, complex at 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA.

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This is a camp for intermediate archers, which means campers have some experience in competitive archery. They will be shooting both Olympic recurve and compound bows. Shelton will be on hand to work with recurve archers July 30 and 31.

Lancaster Archery Academy instructor Laura Reed said campers over the course of four days will learn various physical and mental techniques and skills necessary to become successful tournament archers.

“By the time they leave, they should have a better understanding of the shot process, have new techniques they can practice at home and have better skills to take to future competitions,” Reed said.

Below is a slideshow of photos from the camp.

2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy
2015 USA Archery Intermediate Camp at Lancaster Archery Academy

Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc. offers the world’s largest online and in-store selection of 3D, target, bowhunting and traditional archery equipment. The company actively supports tournament archers across the U.S. and hosts the annual Lancaster Archery Classic, an international competition that draws over 1,000 competitive archers to Pennsylvania each year. The Lancaster, Pa., based Pro Shop is also home to the Lancaster Archery Academy ‑ a year-round training facility for beginner, intermediate and competition archers.