HAMILTON, Ohio - The 126th United States National Target Championships took place in Hamilton, Ohio, July 21-25.  The tournament featured many of the top archers in the country, including four Columbia archers.  Rising junior Sarah Chai represented a current team member, while Sara Goshorn '10CC, Margaret Sledge '00CC, and Stephanie Miller '07CC also competed at the event.

"It was inspiring to see that many Lions competing on such a level," said head coach Derek Davis, "especially the alumnae who continue to practice and compete."

In the qualifying round, Chai fired an 1197 to rank 19th overall in women's recurve rankings, and eighth among the junior women. The rising junior won her first elimination match against Chelsea Obrebski 4-2, but was eliminated by former Resident Athlete Emily Blake in a close match.

Goshorn, who graduated from Columbia in May, ranked 23rd after the qualifying round with a score of 1179. After dominating Rebecca Timmins 4-0 in the first elimination round, she lost her second match against current Resident Athlete Kristin Braun, 4-0.

Fellow alum Miller continued her successful summer with a bronze medal finish at the tournament.  After ranking 13th in the women's recurve qualifier with a combined total of 1236, Miller won five of her six matches in the head-to-head round.  First she defeated Leah Moelling 4-0, followed by a close 4-3 victory over Catherine Park. In the round of eight, Miller defeated Australia's Deonne Bridger 5-1 to advance to the semifinals.  It was there that she dropped a 6-4 battle to Jennifer Nichols.  The former Lion bounced back to defeat visiting Korean archer Hye Youn Park  7-3 to finish third overall.

Sledge returned to competition after taking a year long break while teaching in Alabama. With only a few days of practice, Sledge still managed to break the 1000 barrier and rank 44th overall in the qualifying round with a score of 1080.