Zach Garrett of Wellington, Mo., will be bringing at least one medal back to the United States from the Pan Am Games in Canada. And he has a good shot to bring home another.
Garrett, a graduate of Wellington-Napoleon High School, was part of the United States men’s archery team that won a silver medal on Friday in Toronto. The U.S. lost to Mexico 6-2 in gold medal match.
The teams are comprised of three persons each. Garrett’s teammates on the American team were Brady Ellison and Collin Klimitchek.
The United States has been dominant in archery at the Pan Am Games. Friday’s silver medal marked the first time the U.S. did not win the gold at the Pan Am games since archery was added in 1979.
But Garrett still has his chance for gold at these Pan Am Games. He advanced to the semifinals in the individual competion with a victory on Thursday. The competition concludes Saturday.
Garrett finished first in the individual qualifying, with Ellison qualifying third. Garrett will face Mexico’s Luis Alvarez. Ellison will take on Jay Lyon of Canada in the other semifinal. Ellison won gold at the 2011 Pan Am games.
“Just coming out and performing to the ability that I know I can perform to and see my teammates do the same, that’s been the best part,” Garrett told the TeamUSA website.
The American women took the bronze on Friday with a 5-4 victory against Venezuela.