Ohio Students Excel at National Archery Championships

Ohio Students Excel at National Archery Championships
Maysville High School student wins individual title.

National Archery in the Schools Program
National Archery in the Schools Program

COLUMBUS, OH – -(AmmoLand.com)- Nineteen Ohio teams of 430 student archers competed at the 2009 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) National Championship, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. The competition was held in Louisville, Kentucky on May 8 and 9; it drew more than 4,500 students from 35 states and Canadian provinces.

Meigs Intermediate School in southeastern Ohio finished second in the elementary school division. Last year, the school’s archers won first place in that division. Also finishing in the top 20 for the elementary school competitors was Maysville Elementary of Zanesville in fifth place, and Logan Hocking Elementary of Logan in twelfth place. A total of 56 teams competed in this division.

Four Ohio teams finished in the top 20 for the middle school division: Maysville Middle School, fourth; Meigs Middle School, 13th; Philo Junior High, 16th; and Logan Hocking Middle School, 17th. Sixty-five teams competed for the middle school title.

Among the 84 teams competing to take the high school national title, two Ohio teams finished in the top 20: Maysville High School finished fourth and Meigs High School took ninth place.

Adrian “AJ” Sprankle of Maysville High School in Zanesville became the second Ohioan to take an individual title at the national competition. Sprankle finished first in the High School Male Division with a score of 296 of a possible 300. Jacob Riffle of Meigs High School in Pomeroy finished third, scoring 296, and Eugene Patterson, also of Meigs High School finished fourth, scoring 295. The top three archers initially were tied at 296. Adrian was declared the winner as he shot more “10s” than those with whom he tied. Second and third place were determined by a tie breaking shoot-off. Adrian and Jacob also shot their way to a share of college scholarship money, earning $2,500 and $2,000 respectively for their marksmanship.

Kelsey Taylor of Morgan High School in McConnelsville would certainly have taken first prize for persistence. Suffering a broken leg and ankle since qualifying by winning the Ohio high school female title, Kelsey was determined to compete at Nationals. She made it to Louisville and finished fifth in the High School Female Division.

The National Archery in the Schools Program brings target archery to the school gym. The curriculum covers archery, safety, equipment, technique, concentration skills, and self-improvement. Kentucky originated NASP in 2002. Ohio has participated in the program since 2004. For more information on the program, visit ohionasp.com.

For a complete list of results for the 2009 National Archery in the Schools Program National Championships visit archeryintheschools.org.

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