It was a windy humid hot day -more like July. Lots of surprises and a few "as we expected". The rain held off til after all but two archers were done-but I will get to that shortly.
In the ladies division there was some shocks but US #1 Jen Nichols creamed the field shooting a 1300+ qualification score, Indeed, as the rounds progressed, it was obvious she would have held her own with the men and would have been in the top 3 on the boys board at some points of the 144 arrows. None of the other women would have come close to making the men's cut which was 1263 showing how strong Jen is shooting. Her form was perfect from what I saw.
In the men, it was some of the usual suspects at the top, Butch, Vic were strong. However Scott McKechnie of California was a top dog today. US #3 Chris Schull barely made it as he and Ed Eliason tied for 16th and went to a 12 arrow shootoff. Ed made up a few points on the last round (it was raining pretty good by then) to force a sudden death-Chris 9-Ed-8 so Chris and his year at the OTC didn't go to waste.
A surprise the other way was our own Limbwalker John Mageras who shot well at was among the leader board all day despite a miss on the last round of the first 72. I believe he was 7th. Other qualifiers as I RECALL include 1996 and 2000 Olympian Rod White, 2000 Alternate Jason McKittrick, Staten Holmes, and World Team members Kruger and Meyers. 1996 Gold winner Justin Huish didn't make the cut however. John Burkett was shooting well too and field 1-2 medalists Barrs and Mglyn made it as well.
The women's side saw a huge shocker as 2000 olympian and US #2 Karen Scavotto didn't make the cut -hard to say what happened, I didn't see alot of concern from Papa JIm nor Coach Tim the times I saw them. World Team member Stephanie Miller was never on the leader board and failed to qualify too-academics at Columbia are big league and that may have been a factor.
Veteran Janet Dykman finished well as did Former world class pro shooter Rick White's very nice daughter Stephanie White Arnold. Vic's ladyfriend and rather new shooter Joy (I'm going to screw this up) Farkenrog surprised many with her high finish but her form is strong and she is very fit. Terry Wunderle's other charge on the ladies' line-Ashley Kamuf shot well and comfortably qualified as did veteran Judy DeVoll. Aya Labrie-who has had a rotten year in terms of luck couldn't get her light field arrows to find the mark in the high winds-hopefully a medal at the field world will save the season. 15 year old Margo Stuchin made it in but former world junior record holder Amy Green did not. I believe Roxanne Reimann went in but Dawn Chudy didn't. a top junior (whose mom helped us alot with scoring) Sara Mancini barely missed the cut too-but she is going to England to the world juniors nonetheless. Other juniors did well-I believe Lindsay Pian did qualify.
The lovely stodrette did rather well but didn't quite make the cut-however it was obvious that she was in good spirits and having fun-an example for many on how to act .
That's it for today-I may remember more later and update it-tomorrow and thursday-15 round robins and then a cut to 8.
Hard to predict-Karen's failure to qualify threw all the cards off the table but right now Jen Nichols appears to be as sure a bet as there is with a 60+ point lead.