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Marshall hosts state archery tournament

Category: hunting

 Apr 1st, 2019 by Keith Worrall  58

Modified Apr 1st, 2019 at 10:46 AM

HUNTINGTON – On any given day in the past few years, Marshall University wide receiver Tyre Brady was the fastest thing to zip across the team’s indoor practice facility.

Not on Saturday, and not by a long shot.

An NFL prospect who has been clocked at 19.8 mph, Brady would have gotten left in the dust – by fourth-graders.

Lined up the full 100-yard-length of the Chris Cline Athletic Complex was a continuous line of archery shooters from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as 570 elementary, middle and high school competitors from around West Virginia competed in the 14th annual State Archery Tournament with a chance to make it to the NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) Eastern Nationals in Louisville from May 9-11. Winners from the Eastern Nationals will face off against the Western Nationals champs at the National Tournament held July 25-27 in Nashville.

Like a steady drumbeat, arrows traveling about 100 meters, or 310 feet, per second crossed the field into targets as shooters from the 21 different teams tried to advance to the Eastern Nationals. There were seven teams each in the elementary school, middle school and high school divisions. In addition, organizers invited the top 15 shooters in each division who were not on teams. There were 64 schools represented. Shooters got a practice round and then shot three rounds of five arrows at 10 meters (32 feet), and then shot three rounds of five arrows at 15 meters, or just over 41 feet.

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