buy propeciaOn June 26-30, 22 archers from the Newberry Junior Olympic Archery Development Club competed at the Easton Junior Olympic Archery Developmentbuy propeciaJOAD) Nationals in Hamilton, Ohio. For the majority of the archers, this was their first experience at a national outdoor event. The archers, ranging in age from 9 – 18, shot approximately 150 arrows for the first two days of the event at distances ranging from 25 to 70 meters. The remaining two days, archers shot close to 50 arrows each day at their respective distances. Daily actual temperatures were in the triple digits, and the heat index was over 110 degrees. On day three of the event, the afternoon team’s competition was cancelled at mid-point due to a heat index of over 125 degrees.
Despite the extreme heat, the archers competing with 350 other youth archers from across the country shot personal bests, many making it into the final rounds of eliminations. Coached by Easton Newberry Sports Complex Head Coach Robert Turner and Assistant Coach Joey Todd, the team gained valuable experience shooting alongside some of the top archers in the country, including members of the Junior Olympic Archery Dream Team. Many of the Newberry JOAD team members were in contention for medals in the team rounds before the event was cancelled due to the extreme heat. Compound archers Tristan Hyde, Taylor Gray and Cade Pogue finished in the top eight overall.
Eleven-year-old Olivia Huffer earned a bronze national title in the Olympic Recurve division for the12 and under age group. She also received second place in the Grand Champion competition, which combined scores from the National Title Ranking Round, Team Competition and Match Play.
Ryan Oliver, last year’s national outdoor champion, redeemed his title by winning the gold medal in the Olympic Recurve Bow division for the 13 and 14 year olds. Oliver also earned a silver medal in the Match Play Competition and second place in the Grand Champion competition.
Training for the event started in March – the beginning of outdoor archery season. Most archers practiced at least three times a week, shooting as many as 100 arrows per day. To further prepare the competitors, the Easton Newberry Sports Complex hosted a three day nationals preparation camp, two weeks prior to the team’s departure.
The Newberry JOAD Club began fundraising in April and raised over $16,000. The mission of the Newberry JOAD Club is to promote the sport of archery, while encouraging sportsmanship and volunteerism.
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