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Newberry-Archer-Gator-Cup-Hill---100_1031The Easton Newberry Sports Complex (ENSC) was the site of the inaugural Easton Foundations Gator Cup this past weekend. 

Competitive archers from all over the country came to the Easton Newberry Sports Complex (ENSC) over the weekend to take part in the inaugural Easton Foundations Gator Cup.

The event was the first Olympic-style shooting competition that ENSC has hosted since its grand opening last October. The 130 competitors entering the tournament were among the top archers in the nation. Several, including 22-year-old current No.1 ranked archer Brady Ellington, were not only the best in the nation, but the best in the world in their division.

After an official practice on Saturday morning, the event kicked off with a 70-meter, 72-arrow qualification round. Later in the day, the archers competed in team and mixed-team rounds.

On Sunday, the archers took to the field for the Olympic rounds, which narrowed the groups down to three medalists in each category. Several matches led to ties that had to be resolved, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats.

In the end, the gold medal winners were: Brady Ellison (recurve men), Reo Wilde (compound men), Khatuna Lorig (recurve women) and Kailey Johnston (compound women). The points accumulated by the competitors at the Gator Cup will help to determine the members of both the U.S. National Archery Team and the U.S. Junior National Archery Team. Complete results from the competition can be found at www.usarchery.org.

Robert Romero, head archery coach at the ENSC, said the first-ever Gator Cup was a success and that he received positive feedback about the facility from the archers.

“There was a nice turnout and the weather was almost perfect, except for a little bit of wind on Sunday,” he said.

Romero said that one of the things that attracted competitors to the event was the $20,000 in prize money offered by the Easton Foundation. It was the largest winning purse for any U.S. outdoor archery tournament in 2010.

The Gator Cup is scheduled to return to Newberry in April of next year.