Tryzub Archers Strike Gold and Bronze in the State Games of America
Thousands of amateur athletes gather annually to participate in the State Games of America. From July 31st to August 4th, 2013, over 10,000 athletes, from 44 States and the District of Columbia competed in 28 Sports, at various venues in the Harrisburg-Hershey, PA area, which hosted this year’s event.
Ukrainian American Sport Center archers, Ilya Buynevich and Eugene Luciw, from the “Tryzub Striltsi” team competed in the so-called the FITA 900 Target Round, in which each archer shoots 30 arrows each at targets set at 60, 50 and 40 yards.
A morning rain storm and a steaming afternoon heat with swirling winds seemed only to invigorate team Tryzub. In the Male Recurve Division, Buynevich delivered a sizzling total score of 716 out of a possible 900 points, while Luciw shot a respectable score of 567 in the Male Master over 50 Recurve ranks. The scores were tabulated and Buynevich was awarded the Gold Medal, while Luciw won the bronze in the competitive Master Senior Recurve Division. They added to Pennsylvania’s eventual victory in the overall medal count; Keystone State athletes captured 471 total medals, outscoring the next three winners (MA, TX, and VA) combined.
“These certainly were great personal achievements for Gene and me, but I am so honored that we were able to capture these medals for the Ukrainian community, for Tryzub and for Pennsylvania”, said Buynevich. “I guess we better start getting ready to defend them next year then”, added Luciw.
Ilya Buynevich Crowned PA Outdoor State Champion
Earlier in the year, on June 28, with a score of 825, Buynevich won the Pennsylvania Outdoor State Championship, in Walnutport, PA, shooting a full FITA Round at challenging target distances of 90, 70 (the official Olympic distance), 50 and 30 meters.