Heritage Middle School Archery Team takes third in Western Nationals
After taking first place for the second year in a row at the National Archery in the Schools program State Championship tournament in March, the Heritage Middle School Archery team beat 16 other schools to take third in the organization’s Western National Tournament in Salt Lake City Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.
Though the team did not do as well as they did last year in the Western National Tournament, in which the team came in second place, they had much more competition this year, Coach Brian James said.
“This year nationals was probably double the size it was last year,” James said.
Additionally, last year was also the first time the National Archery in the Schools program split the national tournament into Eastern and Western tournaments, he said.
Out of the 20 students who competed in the April tournament, nine set a personal record and two placed in the top five of their division as individuals. Luke McLaughlin took third in the middle school boys division with a score of 291 and Anna Lowman took fifth in the middle school girls division with a score of 284.
It took a lot of work to get to that point, said Coach Megan Yakovich. It started with a big team in October and narrowed down from there.
“When we get to state we narrow it down,” she said. “All of them who went to Nationals started in October, they worked for seven months.”
Of those kids, some of them returned from last year and were great shots, starting out strong and progressing to some really high levels, James said. Some of the other kids moved up from Del Rio Elementary School this year and were all over the spectrum along with some of the other returners, he said.
Looking ahead to next year, a couple of the assistant coaches are stepping up to continue with the team after having worked with him and Yakovich this year, James said.
“They were there for the entire season with us so hopefully they can roll into the next season without missing a beat, he said.