There’s a unique breed of suspense that builds at the US
Indoors, especially with a record-breaking 4,500 competitors in attendance. The
2017 US Indoor National Championships were held over two separate 2-day weekends,
in 13 different sites across the nation, leaving archers in helpless anticipation
while scores were compiled and the leader-board finally updated. That kind of
slow-building suspense can make victory all the sweeter, and defeat all the
more bitter. For Hoyt shooters, it proved to be the former, as top shooters
Steve “Big Cat” Anderson, Erika Jones, Brady Ellison and Mackenzie Brown posted
a 2017 US Indoor Nationals Hoyt Gold Medal sweep.
“Big Cat” Anderson captured his first US National Indoor Title.
When the dust settled and the cracks were filled, Steve “Big
Cat” Anderson’s 1189/1200 total score clenched him the 48th US
National Indoor Championship. This is Steve’s first US National Indoor Title.
Erika Jones dominated in her re-entrance after a year off.
Fellow Team Hoyt shooter Erika Jones made quite an entrance,
or more appropriately a re-entrance, at the event. After a year-long hiatus
from the sport as the new mother of a baby boy, Erica entered the fray in
dominant fashion. Her impressive score of 1179/1200 was enough to secure her
the Women’s Indoor Championship by an 11-point margin of victory.
Brady Ellison crushed the competition in Men’s Recurve.
In the Senior Recurve divisions, Brady Ellison and Mackenzie
Brown both proved golden. Ellison shot an 1192, securing the Men’s division
title by a 13-point margin of victory, while Mackenzie Brown secured the Women’s division title. Zach Garrett Joined Brady on the stand,
Mackenzie Brown dominated the Women’s Recurve Division.
In addition to the Gold Medal Sweep in the senior divisions,
Hoyt shooters wreaked havoc in the youth compound divisions. Jacob Pettit and
Alexis Ruiz teamed up to sweep gold in the Junior divisions. Pettit’s astounding
1187 to set a new national record and earned him bragging rights as the 2nd
highest overall compound shooter in the event. In addition, Eli Hughes and
Hannah Bartos swept gold in the Cadet divisions, and Kolby Hanley won the
college Junior male division.
Congratulations to these Hoyt archers on their dominant
performances, and to all Hoyt archers who participated in the event. Get
Serious. Get Hoyt.