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Straight-Shooting Archers Win Collegiate Title in Vegas

Pennsylvania College of Technology coach Chad Karstetter is pleased with what his archers have shown so far this young season, and with good reason. First, at the PA State Indoor Championships in Taylor on Jan. 31, two Wildcats recorded first-place finishes one of them setting a new state record in the process. Then, at the World Archery Festival Feb. 6-8 in Las Vegas, Penn College archers had two individual firsts and won the collegiate team title. In the state event, sophomore Danny Wido (Shickshinny) won the male compound division with a state-record 594 points and freshman Glen Thomas (Mercer) finished first in recurve with 558 points. Three Wildcats also took seconds: Martin Smith (Senior/Brookville) in male recurve with 532 points, Zack Plannick (sophomore/Coraopolis) with 585 points and Lindsey Fackler (senior/Halifax) in women’s compound with 563 points.

Other Penn College archers and their scores included:

Recurve Male
Tyler Gale (sophomore/Kennedyville, Md.), third, 524 points, and James Fanelli (junior/Glastonburg, Conn.), fourth, 514.

Male Compound
Aaron Lapinski (sophomore/Bloomsburg), third, 580; Brock Smith (senior/Brookville), fourth, 575; Jerod Bores (sophomore/Pine Grove), sixth, 566; Brad Ferguson (junior/Lewistown), 10th, 545; and Clint Hinton (freshman/Lock Haven), 11th 541.

Female Compound
Cheryl Brooks (freshman/Reynoldsville), sixth, 522, and Julie Cain (freshman/Bellefonte), ninth, 454. “I was very pleased with the scores shot at PA Indoors. Things are looking good for this year so far,” Karstetter said. “The men’s compound team is right on par for the No. 1 spot this year. If we can go to indoor nationals this year and shoot scores like that we will be on top,” the coach continued. “The men’s recurve team is very strong this year with the addition of Thomas. These four guys are going to be very tough to beat. And the women’s team is coming along. Both new girls (Brooks and Cain) are shooting better than I expected this early, being that neither one had ever shot archery before. With the leadership of Fackler, our two new archers will be shooting competitive scores soon,” Karstetter added. Competing in the collegiate division at the world festival, this is the first year that a college division was added, Wido won the men’s compound event with 899 points and Plannick was second with 897, while Thomas placed first in the recurve with 863 points and Gale was seventh with 775. Penn College topped a four-team field with 2,667 points. Following were Cal-State Long Beach with 2,463, Texas A&M with 2,395 and USC with 2,360.