Penn College archers headed to nationals
The Pennsylvania College of Technology archery team puts everything on the line May 17-20 when it competes in the Collegiate Outdoor Nationals at Easton Newberry Archery Center, Newberry, Florida.
Official practice and opening ceremonies will be held on May 17. There will be a 72-arrow qualifying round Friday morning with mixed team rounds following. Another 72-arrow qualifying round will be held on Saturday prior to the official team rounds later that day. Competition wraps up on Sunday with the Olympic individual head-to-head knockout rounds.
Competing for Penn College will be:
• Men’s compound: Markus Weber, of La Plata, Maryland; Tyler Schoonover, of Bradford; and Tim Lamont, of Eldred.
• Women’s compound: Chelsea Douglass, of East Greenville; Sabrina Toplovich, of Spring Creek; and Sapphire Naugle, of Jersey Shore.
• Men’s bowhunter: Nathaniel Haefka, of Wyalusing; Justin Rinehimer, of Mountain Top; and John Kleinfelter, of Lebanon.
• Mixed compound: Weber and Douglass.
• Mixed recurve: Kaylee Burk, of Hermitage, and Tanner Huff, of Altoona.
• Mixed bowhunter: Rylee Butler, of Bellefonte, and Haefka.
“There is a chance that some of those members could switch teams if someone is shooting really, really well,” coach Chad Karstetter said.
“We’ve had a really good season so far,” said Karstetter, who is in his 16th season. “At the Adam Wheatcroft Memorial (April 14-15 in Harrisonburg, Virginia) we had a really good event down there and a lot of them shot really well. Then, at the Outdoor Eastern Regionals (hosted by Penn College April 21-22), we had a few gold medals come out of there and individually we did very well.
“(Assistant coach) Dustin (Bartron) and I both are very proud of the team and proud of the accomplishments they have had all year.
“Heading into nationals, we’re looking really strong. We’re going to have some pretty good finishers in the compound divisions. Overall, we’re probably not going to place very high because we’re not going to field a team in the men’s recurve, women’s recurve and women’s bowhunter. But in the other divisions that we are going to compete in, I expect that we’re going to place pretty high.”
Without naming names at this point, Karstetter believes that at least five of his archers are capable of earning All-American status as a result of their indoor and outdoor national results.
Since 1997, 41 Wildcats have been honored 84 times with that coveted award, including Karstetter three times in the late 1990s. He also was the National Coach of the Year in 2011.
“Everybody is really excited to head down (to Florida) and see how good we can do,” the coach added. “It will be a long week getting down there, but it’s going to be fun. We’ll make the best of it.”