2014-06-25 / Front Page

Daniel Allen is national archery champion again

Gold Medal Basic Bow Championship. Gold Medal Basic Bow Championship. Daniel Allen, a member of Southern Eagles Archery, the premier archery club of Georgia Southern University, was awarded the 2013-2014 National

Collegiate Basic Bow Championship by placing first in the Male Basic Bow Division at the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships (USIAC) recently held in Long Beach, California. This is the second year Daniel has been claimed the national champion title, also winning last May during the 2012-2013 USIAC held in Cedar City, Utah. Over 43 teams and 350 students from colleges all over the United States participated in this year’s national competition.

Daniel and his partner, Ashley Hayden, also won first place in the Basic Bow Mixed Team and were named national champions of that competition. Ashley, Daniel’s partner, is also a member of Southern Eagles Archery. Ashley won first place in the Female Basic Bow Division and won an award for Best New Female Basic Bow Archer. Daniel’s girlfriend, Rachel Luoma, placed fourth in the Female Basic Bow Division.

Archers recording their scores at the National Collegiate event. Archers recording their scores at the National Collegiate event. Daniel and Rachel were both recognized and awarded first place for Male and Female All- Academic Archery Team Members (awards given to the top 10 archers whose grade-point average is above a 3.0). They were also both named first in All-American Basic Bow, an award given to the top archers in each division by combining scores from National Indoor, Regional Intercollegiate Archery Championships, and USIAC. These awards are presented by the United States Collegiate Archery Association.

Daniel joined Southern Eagles Archery Club in the Fall of 2012 as a Recreation Team member. He moved up to Competition Team in the spring after receiving a bow for Christmas. Daniel, who has been shooting for about 16 months, has been extremely successful in the competitive world of archery. He has been awarded a number of titles in local, state, and national tournaments, with this year’s national champion titles being the most recent.

Daniel, a senior biology major, chemistry minor, in the Pre-Medicine Program and University Honors Program at Georgia Southern University, serves as vice-president of Southern Eagles Archery and is a USA Archery Level 1 Instructor teaching classes at GSU this summer. Daniel says that he can’t imagine life without archery. Family and friends of Daniel, back home in Colquitt, wish him continued success in his endeavors with this classic sport!

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