This past weekend, competition team members Jessica Chen and Scott MacDonald attended the West Regional Intercollegiate Archery Championships, or WRIAC! The tournament spanned three days with Friday being practice and Saturday and Sunday being the competition.
The tournament was held at Mile Square Regional Park, the same place as C3, which is a very nice and new archery range near Huntington Beach. At C3, the archers shot out on the grass of the range, but this weekend during WRIAC the archers shot under the designated covered shooting area, which meant shade the entire time! It also meant that things were cramped for equipment and team rounds as there is a fence that is (inconveniently) located right were the equipment line should be. So there was some interesting
Friday’s practice was a good opportunity for Jessica and Scott to get sighted in and get used to the range and shooting under cover. On Saturday, after a brief captain’s meeting early in the morning, the official practice began at 8:30am followed by the qualifying rounds. This consisted of two 36 arrow rounds at 70 meters, for a total of 720 points. There was beautiful weather all day, except it was a bit windy at times (which would cause all the archers’ arrows to drift right or left) and it got a bit chilly when the wind picked up. Otherwise the ranking rounds ran smoothly! After that was a break for lunch, at which point USC headed out for the day, since the afternoon was for Official and Lottery Teams, which require 3 archers per school to partake in, so USC couldn’t field a team this year. The results of the first day’s ranking rounds: Scott ranked 23rd and Jessica ranked 5th!
Sunday started at 8:30am with official practice again, followed by Mixed Teams! First, USC was up against Biola, and USC won with a sweep 3-1. Next USC was up against Stanford, who out-ranked them in the qualifying rounds, but USC pulled through! After the first end, Standford was ahead. Then the next end, Jess got two hits and tied us with Stanford. The third end no one scored any points, meaning it was a tie going into the fourth and last end: 2-2. Then, during the last end, Scott scored 2 hits and USC won, 4-2! It was an exciting match! Next up, USC went against UC Irvine, the top ranked school. It was a tough match, and UC Irvine won in the end. Then for the finals, USC went against UC Merced for the bronze. It was a close match that was tied after the fourth end 3-3, but in the end, UC Merced got one more hit than USC during the shoot-off and took bronze. USC fought hard though!
After mixed teams, it was lunch time, during which USC and UC San Diego joined in on some Subway sandwiches and socializing in the grass. After lunch, ORs began at 1:15pm. First up was the men’s recurve 1/16th round. Scott went up against an opponent ranked twice as high as him and, though he put up a good fight, he lost. Next came the women’s recurve 1/16th round during which Jessica swept the field and won 6-0 against her opponent from NAU. During the 1/8th round, Jessica again bested her opponent from UCLA and won 6-0! For the 1/4 round, Jessica went up against UC Merced in the semi-finals, who was a tough opponent. She shot well, but was eliminated.
At the end of the day were the awards, during which Jessica Chen was awarded All West Honors for her combined score from National Indoor and WRIAC, which placed her in the top 5 for the West Region! Congratulations to Jessica!
It was a fun weekend, and we are looking forward to USIAC!