Warrior Games 2013: Army claims individual archery medals

Retired Tech. Sgt. Corey Carter lines up a shot with a compound bow during the Warrior Games archery competition at the Air Force Academy May 15, 2013. Carter, previously an Air National Guardsman assigned to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, was injured by a roadside bomb in Balad, Iraq, in September 2004. He placed fourth in the compound open. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Chambers)

Retired Tech. Sgt. Corey Carter lines up a shot with a compound bow during the Warrior Games archery competition May 15, 2013, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. Carter, previously an Air National Guard Airman assigned to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, placed fourth in the compound open. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Chambers)

Master Sgt. Simon Wess nocks an arrow during the Warrior Games archery competition at the Air Force Academy's Clune Arena May 15, 2013. Wess, who is assigned to the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, suffered a lung injury while deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in 2005. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Chambers)

Master Sgt. Simon Wess nocks an arrow during the Warrior Games archery competition May 15, 2013, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. Wess, who is assigned to the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, suffered a lung injury while deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in 2005. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Chambers)

Retired Maj. Gwen Sheppard nocks an arrow during the archery competition at the Air Force Academy's Clune Arena May 15, 2013. Sheppard, a 1981 Academy graduate, was injured during a deployment to Iraq in 2003. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Chambers)

Retired Maj. Gwen Sheppard nocks an arrow during the archery competition May 15, 2013, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. Sheppard, a 1981 Academy graduate, was injured during a deployment to Iraq in 2003. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Chambers)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Army Capt. Frank Baroquerio struck dead center in a one-arrow shootoff against the Marines' Matthew Benack to win the individual compound event, 120-119, during the Warrior Games archery competition at Clune Arena May 15.

"I got to pick my arrow, I got to pick my target. I knew where I was going to hit before I fired that shot," Baroquerio said in a Joint Hometown News Service story. "I wanted to win for my team, and it feels great."

Army's Jessie White scored 27 to beat Air Force's retired Tech. Sgt. Corey Carter in the bronze compound match, 107-106, giving Army two out of three compound archery medals.

"I had the lead, and I should have kept it," said Carter, who competed in the 2012 Games. "I started to shake more than I wanted to."

The Marines won the team compound open gold medal by one point, 158-157 over Air Force, while Special Operations Command took gold in the team recurve event, 137-132 over the Marines. The Army soundly defeated the British armed forces team for bronze in the team compound, while the Army's recurve team overcame Air Force for bronze in the team recurve event.

Baroquerio, a native of Gainesville, Ga., said archery is more than just a competition.

"Not one single person picked up a bow back in the day because they wanted a medal," he said. "Every single one of us is doing archery because it's therapeutic. It's fun to see something we did for therapy lead to this; that's the beauty of the Games."

Despite missing the bronze medal, Carter said he's enjoyed this year's Games.

"It's a great time. I'm having fun, meeting new guys (and) our British counterparts," he said.

As of Wednesday, the Marines hold a slim lead over the Army in the overall medal count, with 20 gold medals, 18 silver medals and 17 bronze medals to the Army's 19 gold medals, 17 silver medals and 16 bronze medals.

(Information compiled from Joint Hometown News Service and staff reports.)