Team Easton Archers shoot for $1 Million Dollar Grand Prize
Archery was put on the main stage of professional sports this weekend at the Dakota Classic with a potential $1,000,000.00 cash prize on the line.
Four of the five shooting for the potential $1,000,000.00 Grand Prize in Yankton, SD were Team Easton members. Reo Wilde, Jesse Broadwater, Rob Morgan and Jacob Phelps all shot perfectly clean rounds in the previous two tour stops of the "3-Star" trifecta, making them eligible for the unprecedented cash prize.
Shooting at the center of a target, roughly the size of a tennis ball, distances increased in 10-yard increments until at 50 yards, only 2 remained. By the 2nd end, the million dollars remained safe another year, as each archer shot a 9.
"Its definitely possible" said World #1 compound archer, Reo Wilde. "There are a handful of guys who, if they got in the right zone, could shoot clean at 50 yards, but there is a good reason its never been done before."
The NFAA tournament continued at the Easton Archery Complex with the finals on Sunday. Men's finals came down to a tie with fellow Team Easton members, Jesse Broadwater and Braden Gellenthien tying for 1st place and going to a shoot - off to determine the champion. Some controversy ensued when Jesse's ProTour arrow completely shot through the target.
"This hasn't happened to me in years. It could frustrate some, as I had to shoot another arrow in the sudden-death format, but Easton's are known for their penetration" Dakota Classic Champion, Jesse Broadwater said with a wink.
Jesse went on to win the shoot off for his 8th time, with Braden Gellenthein 2nd.
Team Easton's Erika Jones became the first person to win all three of the 3-Star events in the same year; Vegas, Indoor Nationals and Yankton.
"I'm thrilled to be the first person, female or male, to win all three in one season" Said Erika, "I couldn't do it without the support of great sponsors like Easton"
"We are very proud of our team this weekend. They showed both the excellence and the sportsmanship that make Archery such an amazing sport. Said Corby Fisher, Team Easton Pro Staff Manager. "Archery is growing fast all over the world" Fisher said. "And to have the chance to shoot for $1 million and a car puts it on par with some of the biggest professional sports around."