HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Columbia archery will close out the indoor portion of its schedule when it competes at the East Regional portion of the 2011 U.S. Indoor National Championships.  The tournament will take place on March 11-13 at James Madison University, with the team set to begin at 12:30 p.m.

The Lions will compete in the east regional, one of 12 regional tournaments held across the country.  Scores will then be calculated and compared in order to name the Indoor National Champion.  Both the recurve and compound shooters will shoot two rounds of 60 arrows (120 in total) at a 40 cm target face from 18 meters with outer ten-ring scoring. 

This is one of the most important events for the team this year as the archers' score from this tournament will be combined with their scores at the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships (USIAC) later this spring to determine who will earn All-America recognition.

Last year, Columbia's recurve trio of Sarah Chai, Sara Goshorn and Anna Harrington  combined for a total of 3240 to place first at the east regional. Chai had the highest individual total for the Lions' recurve shooters with a combined total of 1098. In round one, she fired a 546, combined with 552 in round two.  Chai's score ranked second overall in the east region, and fourth nationally among all college recurve archers.

Following this tournament, the Lions will begin the outdoor portion of its schedule on April 8 when they compete at the Nanook of the North tournament in Manchester, Conn.