PCT’s Quarry earns Bronze at archery nationals

DUBLIN, OH — Penn College freshman Trevor Quarry took bronze in the men’s recurve at the USA Archery Outdoor National Championship on Sunday and helped in the Wildcats to a 26th-place finish, in perhaps the toughest field ever.

“Trevor has been shooting strong all year. Coming in as a freshman and not having a lot of experience outdoors, coming to this event with 500-plus archers on the field at the same time and with the weather conditions — he shot strong,” Penn College coach Chad Karstetter said. “The gentleman he lost to in the medal matches went on to win the whole thing. … I look forward to seeing how he does in the next few years.”

The merger of USA Archery and the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association earlier this year produced the largest field by more than 200 individuals for the end-of-the-season event that saw a record 500-plus archers representing 60 teams.

Perennial favorite Texas A&M took the overall team title.

“The competition level definitely has increased. With all of the new colleges and universities and students that are coming in, it definitely was a tough match,” Karstetter said, adding that 30 mph wind gusts throughout most of the competition also took its toll.

And that showed in another area as, for the first time since 2001, Penn College failed to produce an All-American, although several Wildcats came close. Archers who finish in the Top 10 with their combined indoor and outdoor national scores earn that coveted distinction and Quarry was 12thamong 59 in men’s recurve; senior Rylee Butler, of Milesburg, was 13thamong 59 in women’s bowhunter; and freshman Sidney Alpaugh, of Muncy, was 15thamong 52 in men’s bowhunter.

In team events, Alpaugh, Zach Williamson of Mill Hall, and David Fox reached the quarterfinals in men’s bowhunter.