Ed Eliason of Stansbury Park, at 50 age came close to making his third Olympic team (e was on the 1962 and 1980 teams). Eliason, in the top four the entire four days of the National Archery Association Archery Olympic Trials, finished two points short of making the team.
He'll be the first alternate they call if Jay Barrs of Mesa, Ariz., Darrell Pace, Hamilton, Ohio, or Richard McKinney, Muncie, Ind., can't go. Barrs hadd seven points, Pace 18, McKinney 19 and Eliason 21.Eliason lost his chance in the Tuesday morning, 50-meter shoot.
"I was all over the target," he said after the shoot. "I felt I was taking too much time, so I started to hurry my shots. I shouldn't have. It cost me."
Guy Bowden of Magna, made the final 24 and finished 23rd with 101 points. Cindy Becker of Salt Lake City, who also made the top 24, finished in 20th with 84 points.
Denise Parker was the top women archer in these trials and will be America's top hopeful in the 1988 Games. She finished the four days of shooting with 2,558 points to 2,519 for Debra Ochs of Howell, Mich., and Melanie Skillman of Laureldale, Pa., with 2,490. Ochs and Stillman will accompany Parker to the Summer Games.
Barrs ended the competition with 2,620 points, Pace had 2,582, McKinney 2,590 and Eliason 2,571.
The event open last Sunday with 212 archers from around the country vying for one of six spots - three on the men's team and three on the women's team - on the Olympic squad.
Bowden had a total of 2,427 points over the four days and Becker 2,369.