Press Release

Spring 2012 Archery: U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships - Harrisonburg, Va.

May 17, 2012

The Wildcats competed for four days on the campus of James Madison University

The Wildcats competed for four days on the campus of James Madison University

HARRISONBURG, Va. - For the third straight year, the Pennsylvania College of Technology archery team is No. 2 in the nation.

During competition over the weekend (May 18-20) at the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships in Harrisonburg, Va., the Wildcats of first-year coach Brian Parker had two individual champions and four team champions. In addition, six Wildcats were named All- Americans and four took Best New Archer awards. In all, 43 teams and nearly 300 archers competed.

"I am ecstatic with them (individual place winners) and the team in general overall. ... We did very, very, very well. Iám happy and pleased with the team. I think we did better than I could have ever hoped for," Parker said.

Taking individual titles for the Wildcats were Glen Thomas, of Mercer, in menás recurve and Jordan McGowan, of Carlisle, in menás bowhunter.

Also for Penn College, Zachary Bixby, of Gillett, was second in men's compound; Brianna Batykefer, of Butler, was second in female bowhunter; and Kendel Baier, of Jersey Shore, was third in female bowhunter.

Wildcat team champions included Bixby, Clint Hinton, of Lock Haven; and Matt Cummings, of Mountville, in menás compound; Thomas, Brandon Allison, of Roaring Springs; and Stephen Keys, of Reynoldsville, in men's recurve; Joe Dowdrick III, of Lebanon; Kelvin Dewalt, of Easton; and McGowan in menás bowhunter; and Baier, Batykefer and Eileen McKinney, of New Brighton, in womenás bowhunter.

Nicole Lapinski, of Bloomsburg; Ashley Baker, of Coudersport; and Rebecca Boyer, of Palmerton, placed second in female compound; Baier and McGowan were second in mixed bowhunter; Ashlee Mull, of Williamsport, and Thomas were third in mixed recurve; and Baker and Bixby were third in mixed compound.

Honored as All-Americans were Thomas, Allison, Lapinski, Bixby, Cummings and Everett. It marked the fifth time during his career that Thomas has been so honored, the most ever for a Penn College archer.

Since 1997 28 Penn College archers have earned 60 All-American honors.

Best New Archer awards went to Carrie Eichenlaub, of Neelyton, in womenás recurve; Rebecca Boyer, of Palmerton, in female compound; and Batykefer and McKinney in womenás bowhunter.

Also earning Academic All-America honors were Bixby, Cummings, Everett, Lapinski and Thomas.

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