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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.