A total of 97 archers posted perfect scores of 300 points on the first day of competition at The Vegas Shoot 2019 in the South Point Hotel and Casino.
Seventy of those 300s were shot by men in the compound championship open division.
It was a new high for the category, beating the previous record of 58 in 2017 at an event that broke registration records yet again at 3767 entries.
“A lot of us prepare for this event a lot harder for any other event. If you miss one, it’s just heartbreaking. It takes the wind right out of your sails,” said two-time Vegas Champion Jesse Broadwater, who still has the wind in his sails after shooting a 300 on day one.
“The older I get and the more I shoot, the less the nerves are, and then I think confidence is the best thing that calms your nerves.”
Stephan Hansen, Sebastien Peineau and Mike Schloesser tied in the lead on X-count with 29 apiece.
Defending Vegas Champions Chris Perkins and Alexis Ruiz (women’s championship) both dropped points. Perkins finished the day on 299, Ruiz on 298.
Seven archers shot clean scores in the compound championship women’s division.
They were led by Sarah Prieels with 25Xs.
Keith Trail was top scorer of the compound championship seniors, one of four who shot 300s, with 28 Xs.
Five compound young adults were perfect in their championship event. Matthew Russel had 24Xs at the top of the ranking list.
There was two perfect scores in the compound youth men’s division and a further nine in the compound flights.
Crispin Duenas and Min Byeongyeon had top scores in the recurve men’s championship, both shooting 298 out of 300 points. Duenas had 18Xs, Min 15.
Korean professional shooters Kang Chae Young and Kim Chaeyon scored 296 points each to lead the championship women. Kang had 14Xs, Kim 12.
Kristopher McCubbins built a 10-point lead in the championship barebow race over just 30 arrows, his 287 14X day firmly ahead of his nearest competitor.
Full results after the first day of The Vegas Shoot 2019 are available at www.ianseo.net.