SHANGHAI – A strong U.S. compound squad won six of the team's seven medals at the first stage of the World Cup in Shanghai, proving its prowess despite a clear message from South Korea that it's determined to dominate in compound archery as it has in recurve. A strong performance from newcomer Carli Cochran (Willow Street, Pa.) also gave Team USA fans good reason to cheer.
The U.S. women's compound team of Erika Jones (Grand Island, Neb.), Carli Cochran (Willow Street, Pa.) and Jamie Van Natta (Toledo, Ohio) started the squad's race for medals on Saturday by clinching silver after posting a 216-231 score versus Korea in windy conditions.
Cochran, making her World Cup debut, commented: "I felt that I fit right in for my first time, and Erika and Jamie were great. We shot great in practice, [though] we didn't have our best Team Round against Korea. We had an off match."
Teammates Braden Gellenthien (College Station, Texas), Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho) and Rodger Willett, Jr. (Gloucester, Va.) showed that they are still the dominant men's compound team by clinching a medal of their own in the final – gold versus Italy, 236-228.