LAS VEGAS – Archers from across the globe recently made their annual trek to the Riviera Hotel & Casino to compete in the NFAA World Archery Festival. One of the most coveted events in indoor archery, Vegas offers the world’s best archers three intense days of the most grueling competition they’ll find anywhere. After the scores were tallied and nail-biting shoot-offs decided the outcome of many divisions, several Team Hoyt shooters took center stage.
In an absolutely amazing display of accuracy, five Hoyt compound shooters – Jesse Broadwater, Dave Cousins, Jacob Phelps, Ben Cleland and Mark Poling - posted perfect 900 scores. Broadwater, fresh off his victory at the Nimes European Indoor, lead all Hoyt shooters with a near-perfect 85/90 X-count.
Dave Cousins and his 2010 Hoyt Maxxis – a bow designed primarily for bowhunters – shot three consecutive 28x/300 rounds during regular competition for an unbelievable 84/90 X-count. Cousins’ performance proves yet again that whether in the field bowhunting or in the heat of competition - where perfection is mandatory - Hoyt bows deliver flawless performance and pinpoint accuracy. Cousins’ X-ring-piercing performance with his Maxxis reinforces the fact that all Hoyt bows – target and hunting bows alike – perform to perfection.
An exciting new event debuted this year at Vegas: the World Archery Challenge. The field for this unique tournament consisted of an elite group of archers who competed in both the Nimes European Indoor and the World Archery Festival Vegas Shoot. Team Hoyt’s Gladys Willems (BEL) won gold in the Women’s Compound division, and top-ranked U.S. recurve shooter Brady Ellison and his Hoyt Formula RX/F3 dominated the Men’s Recurve field, defeating Michele Frangilli in the gold medal match. Brandi Mantha (USA) and her Hoyt recurve took the Women's Recurve gold in a close match with fellow Hoyt shooter Valentine Di Giuli of Switzerland.
Team Hoyt’s recurve shooters also dominated their respective ranks in the Vegas shoot. Hoyt shooter and USAA Resident Athlete Jake Kaminski (USA) used his Formula RX/F3 to edge out Hoyt’s Crispin Duenas (CAN), taking the victory in the Men’s Recurve championship category. Eight of the top 10 finishers in the Men’s Recurve category in the Vegas shoot used Hoyt recurves.
Hoyt recurve shooters and USAA resident athletes Heather Koehl (USA) and Kristin Braun (USA) took two of the top three spots in women's championship recurve action.
Other notable achievements for Team Hoyt include Mary Hamm and Christie Colin taking two of the top three spots in the compound Women’s Freestyle division, Jeff Fabry placing third in the Freestyle Limited division, and Don Ward outlasting the field in a grueling shoot-off to win the Senior Pro division. Three of the top four Senior Pros – Don Ward, Steve Boylen and Dee Wilde – all shot Hoyt. Lynn Hoch won the Bowhunter Freestyle division for Team Hoyt, and Hoyt shooter Rick Stark once again won the Barebow division.
Hoyt would like to congratulate all of its shooters on their outstanding performances at the NFAA World Archery Festival and World Archery Challenge!