Kentucky Archers Finish High at World Archery Festival
Frankfort, Kentucky – -(ShootingWire.com)- Two Kentucky archers recently posted high finishes at the World Archery Festival held n Las Vegas, Nevada. Graham and Grady Cofield of Trigg County, brothers who both got their start in Kentucky's National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), each placed in the top five in their classifications. The Festival was sponsored by the National Field Archery Association and featured nearly 1,500 shooters competing for more than $500,000 in prize money.
Competitors shot 30 arrows each day of the three-day competition, with a bull's-eye worth 10 points. Graham Cofield, a junior at Murray State University and four-time NASP state and national champion, took second place in the Freestyle Limited Compound Championship. He scored 878 points out of a possible 900 and hit the bull's-eye 49 times. This is his fifth year competing in the Las Vegas tournament.
“I don't necessarily like the big city, but I like the shooting part, anyway,” Cofield said. “In the class I shoot in, there are several people right at the top. I guess I got lucky this time.”
Grady Cofield took third place in his flight of the Freestyle Limited competition. Cofield is a senior at Trigg County High School. “I think he did awfully well,” said Graham Cofield. “I believe he was pretty happy with it.”
This isn't the first year the Cofields have finished at the top of their divisions.
“Last year, Grady won his division and Graham finished fourth,” said Jennie Richardson, Kentucky's state NASP coordinator. “Very seldom does an archer finish in the top five in two consecutive years. The competition is that stiff.”
Richardson said more than 10 other Kentucky NASP shooters competed in this year's World Archery Festival.
This year's National Archery in the Schools Program state championship tournament is set for March 17 at the International Convention Center in Louisville.
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