Temperature maps for USA Archery’s first outdoor event of the year, the AZ Cup, were covered in red-and so were the podiums. This World Team qualifying event offered little in the way of reprieve from the 90-degree heat aside from the switching breezes that added to the suspense of the finals. But a little warm weather wasn’t enough to keep Team Hoyt shooters from showing up and doing work.
Tate “Tater” Morgan wins back-to-back gold, first at Versus and now at the AZ Cup.
Hot off a win at Versus MX, Tate Morgan was intent on harnessing his momentum to stretch his first-place streak. After qualifying second, Tate burned through the head-to-head matches to earn gold. He wasn’t the only one entering the competition with something to maintain, however, as Steve Anderson hasn’t missed a podium since securing the US National Indoor Championship. A perfect 150 in the bronze medal match was more than enough to keep “Big Cat” Anderson’s streak alive.
Steve “Big Cat” Anderson continues his podium streak.
Crispin Duenas, Zach Garrett and Brady Ellison sweep Men’s Recurve.
Team Hoyt’s recurve shooters were out to make a statement, as well. Hoyt shooters Crispin Duenas, Zach Garrett, Brady Ellison and Collin Klimitchek comprised an all-Hoyt final, each shooting the Hoyt Faktor Series. Crispin Duenas and and Zach Garrett each shot the Faktor HP model, securing gold and silver, respectively. Brady Ellison joined the two on the podium, securing bronze. In addition to sweeping the finals, Garrett, Duenas, and Ellison also swept qualifications.
Solid shooting from Crispin Duenas earned him gold at the AZ Cup.
(Left to right) Linda Ochoa-Anderson, Erika Jones and Toja Ellison on their way to sweeping qualifications.
The men weren’t the only ones to sweep qualifications, as Toja Ellison, Linda Ochoa Anderson and Erika Jones took 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the Women’s Compound qualifications.
Mackenzie Brown at full draw.
In Women’s Recurve, Mackenzie Brown stood apart as the top Women’s Recurve Qualifier. When it came to finals, however, it was Christine Yeri Kim and Ariel Gibilaro who walked away with silver and bronze, respectively.
Christine Yeri Kim on her way to clinching silver at the AZ Cup.
Congratulations to these Team Hoyt shooters, on their successes and commitment through the heat, and thank you to all Team Hoyt shooters who competed. We look forward to watching more of your successes unfold throughout this outdoor season.