Four LHU students recently competed at USA Archery’s Outdoor Nationals. L-R: Brandon Perelli, Ryan Eckle, Bryce Bason, Austin Phillips.
The Lock Haven University Archery Club recently earned top honors at USA Archery’s Outdoor College Nationals held May 17-21, in Chula Vista, California. Students Bryce Bason, Ryan Eckel, Austin Phillips, and Brandon Perelli represented LHU in competition. The group qualified for nationals by first competing at College Indoor Nationals and an Outdoor Regional Shoot.
Archery operates as a club sport at LHU with twelve competing members. Bason, a senior business major, formed the club in 2014. “Archery was a huge part of my life growing up,” says Bason. “My family owns Miller’s Gun Shop in Lamar, PA, and I spent a lot of time in the archery shop; I’ve been shooting since I was three.”
Bason competed throughout his youth and high-school years. When he began coursework at LHU he learned about USA Archery’s college division. “In 2014 I decided to start an archery club with the help of my friends Brandon Hanley and Austin Phillips. Stacey Davis and Jodi Smith in Student Activities were instrumental in the process.”
Teams from 85 colleges and universities across the country competed in four different divisions at the 2017 Outdoor Nationals event. Archers compete in recurve, barebow, compound, and bowhunter divisions. Outdoor shooting takes place at 55 yards with bullseye targets. LHU sent the four highest ranking shooters, based on their scores from Indoor Nationals held in Lancaster, PA in February, to Outdoor Nationals.
Bason and Phillips competed in the Open Compound division with Bason placing 4th and Phillips placing 18th. Eckel and Perelli represented LHU in the Bowhunter division earning 1st and 41st honors.
Both Bason and Eckel also earned All-American honors. Bason was named a back-up for the USA Team at World competition in the compound division. At the end of the season, LHU Archery brought home an impressive list of titles. They include: Bryce Bason-Indoor National Champion and 4th place finish at Outdoor Nationals; Ryan Eckel: 2nd place Bowhunter Outdoor National Champion.
Bason shared his thoughts on the club’s growth and success, "The growth of the archery club over the past three years has been amazing. We have gone from a group of students that enjoyed shooting for fun into a team that is competing and being successful on the national level. Every year we get a little bit better, so with the wins we had this year it’s exciting to think about what next season has in store."
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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