The Lancaster Archery Classic offers one of the most exciting archery tournament formats in the world, with a 60-arrow qualification round followed by head-to-head matches that culminate in a shoot-your-way-to-the-top grand finale that offers every finalist the chance to take home the top prize in his or her division.
The 19th Annual Lancaster Archery Classic is the largest indoor archery tournament on the East Coast. Over 2,700 archers competed in 17 different divisions. There are more than 400 archers on the floor at one time. The rounds last around four hours, with each competitor shooting 60 arrows in that time. Over $50,000 is on the line for the professional archers’ class to win. The tournament is open for people of all ages; pros and amateurs compete side by side.
Team Virgin Islands counted two archers among the 2,700-plus archers at Lancaster. Tatyana Muntyan shot her qualification round on Thursday. With a score of 569, she finished 9th. She had 40 archers in the Woman’s Olympic Recurve division. Nicholas D’Amour shot his qualification round on Friday. With a score of 600, he finished 10th. He had 77 archers in the Men’s Olympic Recurve division.
Both Muntyan and D’Amour made the cut in their respective divisions to qualify for the elimination rounds on Saturday. In the women’s division, the cut was the top 16 and in the men’s division, the cut was at the top 32.
In a close match against number 8 seed Riley Marx, Muntyan lost with a score of 113 to 112. Yet with this finish, she tied for 9th place. This was her first major indoor tournament of the year. Therefore, her performance is even more remarkable.
D’Amour faired much better. In his first match against Trenton Cowles of the United States, the reigning Junior Pan American Games 2021 Gold Medalist, D’Amour had a convincing win 122-113. In the second round of eliminations, he faced Jackson Mirich of the United States. D’Amour avenged a loss to Mirich in the finals of the 2022 Gator Cup. Again, D’Amour took control of the match early and beat Mirich 121-116. In the quarter-finals, D’Amour went up against Jack Williams, who is currently ranked number 10 in the world. D’Amour lost 125-119. He had previously beaten Williams in Stage I of the 2022 World Cup in Antalya, Turkey.
After winning the Hershey Winter Series held in Annville, Penn., the USA Archery Indoor Nationals at the Lancaster, Penn., site, and with his performance in Nimes, France. D’Amour remains the leading male Olympic Recurve archer in the Americas for the Indoor World Series. The top 16 at the end of the series will compete in the Indoor World Series Final. With his 5th place finish at Lancaster, D’Amour will continue to enhance his position globally.
High turn-outs at indoor events will now be the norm, as they offer valuable world ranking points. These ranking points will prove to be crucial for someone looking to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The next world-ranking Indoor tournament is the 54th Vegas Shootout. The Vegas Shoot is known as the largest and most prestigious indoor archery tournament in the world. The event brings together nearly 4,000 archers from around the globe ranging from beginner archers to Olympic champions. Senior, youth, compound or recurve, the Vegas Shoot welcomes all demographics and shooting styles. The three-day competition features the traditional 3-spot 20-yard Vegas Round that made this tournament famous. D’Amour finished 2nd in the 2022 event.