The University of the Cumberlands (UC) archery program has had a very busy 2013-2014 season thus far. Both tournaments this fall have been very successful for the Patriots, as there have been multiple top-place finishes as a team and for individual archers. This is a great testament for Head Coach Kris Strebeck and his archers as this is only the second season in school history for the program.
On Friday, November 1st, the US Collegiate Archery Association (USCA) announced its list of 2013 3D All-Americans, and there were a host of Patriots that were awarded this honor. All-American awards are given to an archer who has consistently done well in the sport and is determined by these requirements: participation in at least one regional event and finishing in the top 50%, and a qualifying score from the 3D USIAC tournament.
Those named All-American for the Men's Bowhunter division were Dylan Martin (Keavy, KY), Caleb Kirby (London, KY), Aaron Cook (Stanford, KY), and Hunter Rickard (Henderson, KY). In the Men's Compound division, Cody Kirby (London, KY), Ryan Long (Richmond, KY), Aaron Daniels (Henderson, KY), and Korey Snyder (London, KY) made their mark.
On the women's side, freshman Lakin Crum (Catlettsburg, KY) has had a stellar season, as she was named champion of the Women's Bowhunter division at the South Regional Intercollegiate 3D Championships. Alongside Crum, Kristen Swords (Pontotoc, MS), Madeline Brown (Boonville, IN), Brianna Messmer (Cadiz, KY), Cheyenne Miller (London, KY), and Jessica Byrne (Henderson, KY) were named All-American. For the Women's Compound division, two Patriot ladies were also honored as Hannah Blevins (Eubank, KY) and Haley Haygood (Liberty, MS) received recognition. Lacey Reliford (Somerset, KY) was the lone Patriot named All-American for Women's Recurve.
All-American status can be awarded to archers for more than just their raw talent on the range, but for their performance in the classroom. Archers must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, must have finished in the top 25% of his/her category at a regional qualifying 3D event, and must have attended the 3D USIAC event. Two Patriots were named to the Academic All-American team, brothers Cody Kirby for the Compound Men and Caleb Kirby for the Bowhunter Men.
Head Coach Kris Strebeck commented, "This was the first year that USCA recognized All-Americans, and I couldn't be more proud of how we performed and were able to have 17 All-Americans and 2 Academic All-Americans. This speaks for the hard work that our kids have put in."
The Archery team will be back in action in the spring as they travel to Statesboro, GA to compete in the Collegiate Indoor Nationals on February 28th-March 2nd, 2014.
For more information on the Archery program as well as all other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article provided by Annie Bailey, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Graduate Assistant