ROCKINGHAM — For Ty Pruitte it was just another great day in Chula Vista, California.
But for Anthony Bristow it was some much needed redemption.
The last time Pruitte was in Chula Vista, he claimed the bronze medal in compound cadet division in last year’s SoCal Showdown. The following day, Pruitte qualified to represent the United States at the World Archery Youth Championships in Wuxi, China.
Bristow’s previous visit wasn’t as pleasant.
He finished 33rd in the men’s compound division and ninth in the juniors.
Both faired much better this time around.
Pruitte took first in the compound junior division and Bristow was fifth in the SoCal Championships June 20 to 22.
“I don’t know why I shoot well there,” Pruitte said. “I hope it doesn’t change though.”
Bristow said his performance last year stuck in his mind and he wanted to have a better showing this year.
“I thought about it,” Bristow said. “I had to do better this time.”
Bristow added one of the things he was better prepared for this year was the wind. He said during last year’s event the wind played havoc on his shooting.
“It killed me,” Bristow said.
Pruitte’s victory was his best finish this year after stepping up in competition to the junior division after battling in cadet. The junior division is made up of archers from 17 to 20 years of age. While Pruitte defeated everyone in the junior division, he and Bristow are also now placed with older competitors as well in the men’s division.
Bristow and Pruitte reached the round of 16 in the tournament before being knocked out. Bristow, the 23rd seed, was eliminated by Wisconsin’s Daniel Button, the seventh seed, 143-140. Pruitte was seeded fourth and was defeated by Montana’s Paul Tedford, the 13th seed, 146-139.
“It’s a lot different,” Pruitte said on the competing on the next level. “You look beside you and see a world champion or a national champion. And then there’s you.”
It was Pruitte’s second event as a junior. He’s first came at the Gator Cup in May in Newberry, Florida. Pruitte finished fifth in the junior division.
Both said the focus for the rest of the year is to make the United States Archery Team.
“I wanted to do good in California, I had to redeem myself,” Bristow said looking at his friend. “I’m still looking for a Team USA jersey. It would be my first.”
Pruitte added making another national team would be a nice “stepping stone” because it would look good to attract sponsors.
The top four in the compound juniors rankings qualify as members of the USAT with the fifth ranked archer making the squad as an alternate. Not including the results from the SoCal Showdown, Pruitte and Bristow are ranked 17th and 20th, respectively. Both are expected to move into the top 10 when the rankings are updated this month.
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