NEWBERRY, Fl. - The Emmanuel College Archery Team shot against the top ranked archery programs in the country at the 2018 U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championship. The tournament took place at the Easton Newberry Archery Center in Newberry, FL in horrendous weather conditions with lightening delays every single day. Despite the downpour, the Lions showed up and had their most successful national appearance yet, claiming 2nd place for the second consecutive year.
To win the national championship, a team earns points for placement in individual, team and mixed team competition across multiple divisions. This year the championship was claimed by Texas A&M University with an overall score of 968. Emmanuel College trailed behind to take second with 597 points, followed by Hocking College in third place with 537 points.
The competition was fierce with over 450 competitors including huge schools like University of California Berkeley, Michigan State University, University of Florida, and Columbia University. Some schools fielded athletes who have resumes that included Resident Athletes of the USOC, USAT team members, and olympic top 16, 8 and alternate status shooters.
At last years tournament, Emmanuel walked away with 12 individual national podiums. This year the Lions had an even more impressive performance with 27 National podiums, 5 All-Americans, and the Female Shooter of the Year.
Rachel Reshonsky had a huge performance on her way to being named Shooter of the Year. Seeded 23rd, Reshonsky shot against the #1, #3 and #4 seeds to take bronze in olympic recurve.
Another big performer was Mary Baxter who co-competes as a starter on the Emmanuel College softball team on top of being a standout archer. Baxter switched divisions to compete in mixed team bowhunter in order to fill a vacancy. New to this division, she helped her teammate Caleb A. Shealy claim silver and took 4th place herself in individuals.
"We really enjoyed this year," said Head Coach Rodney Estrada. "We had a great deal of academic and athletic success, both of which are important to this program and will continue to be. I'm grateful to USA Archery for keeping this division and putting support behind collegiate archery. We look forward to more schools and teams joining."
Congratulations to Coach Estrada and the Archery team on their incredible performance!
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