Two archers from Arizona qualified to compete in the World Archery 2013 Youth Championships. Andrew Mateo (Cadet Recurve) and Danielle Reynolds (Cadet Compound) qualified at the World Archery Youth Championships Team Trials held in June at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista California. With the games wrapping up Sunday, October 20th, both archers represented the USA and Arizona in outstanding fashion.
Andrew Mateo finished 66th in the qualifications shooting a 1212 out of 1440. Andrew had an exciting elimination round which started off a little rough with him losing his first two sets. But Andrew made an impressive come back by winning the third set, tying the fourth, and winning the final set with a perfect 30 out of 30 points, forcing a one-arrow shoot-off. Andrew lost the one-arrow shoot-off to Elia Fregnan of Italy. Both archers shot a 9 but Elia's was closest to the center.
Andrew also competed on the Cadet Recurve Men's Team along with Geunwoo Kim and Collin Klimitchek. Their team made it to the quarter-finals where they were eventually eliminated by Turkey in a shoot-off 29 to 28.
Danielle Reynolds finished 5th in the qualifications shooting a 657 out of 720. In the elimination rounds Danielle made it all the way to the bronze medal match where she shot against Maja Orlic of Croatia. Danielle started off strong with three tens for a perfect 30 in her first end to Maja's 28. Maja shot perfect 30's in the second and third end taking a lead of one point. Danielle kept the pressure on through the fourth and fifth ends shooting a pair of 28's but eventually lost by only two points, 143 to 145, finishing an impressive 4th place.
Danielle also competed in the team rounds with team mates Emily Fischer and Sonia Taniguchi. The US Women's Cadet Compound team took the gold medal against Great Britain winning the final match 226 to 222!