With State Championships, Penn College Archers Off and Running

Published 02.20.2004


Pennsylvania College of Technology archers took two state team championships and had an individual state champ at the Pennsylvania Indoor Championships in late January. Results were just recently posted.

Team state championships were won by the College's men's and women's compound teams, while Ryan Romberger, a junior from Pillow, posted a first in the men's compound division by scoring 580 out of 600 possible points.

In men's compound, Penn College scored 1,713 points to 1,686 for Stevens Trade School, 1,501 for The Pennsylvania State University, and 567 for Atlantic City (N.J.) CapeCommunity College.

Individually for the Wildcats in men's compound, Ryan Benny (Burnham) was third with 569 points and Steve Liehr (Oakford) fifth with 564.

"Ryan (Romberger) shot really well. He kind of blew everybody else out of the water," said coach Chad Karstetter.

In women's compound, Michelle Wright (Kendell, N.Y.) placed second with 549 points in leading the Lady Wildcats, while Karen Morse (Canton) was third with 546 points and Beth Robinson (Williamsport) fourth with 541.

"They shot three scores that were almost identical. Those three girls, when you put them together, they shoot so close and such a good score that it's going to be hard for any other college to do that besides maybe Texas A&M," Karstetter said. "They shot really well."

As a team, the Lady Wildcats scored 1,636 points. Penn State was second with 1,067, and Stevens Trade School third with 372.

Penn College's men's recurve squad finished third with 1,401 points behind Penn State's 1,551 and Atlantic City's 1,518. Stevens was fourth with 866 points. Rob McIntosh (Lockport, N.Y.) was the top Wildcat finisher with a fifth.

The Wildcats' next outing is Saturday at the Virginia Indoor Championships in Manassas and Karstetter is optimistic.

"I look for the male compound team to do as well as it did (in Pennsylvania) and the ladies' compound team will definitely do good," Karstetter said.