Nearly 11,000 student archers competed in the 2014 NASP National Championship for $77,000 in scholarships, setting a record for the world’s largest archery tournament.
NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) reported that 10,800 archers competed May 8 to 10 in the bull’s-eye tournament at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The 2012 NASP National Championship set the previous world record – certified by Guinness World Records – with 7,804 archers.
On May 10, NASP congratulated the tournament’s participants on Facebook and later announced:
“Oh & by the way … We broke OUR OWN record … Again … We thank you!”
On May 13 NASP reported:
“We had each of these top five boys and top five girls shoot for scholarship levels. Each shot five practice arrows at 15 meters. Then they shot five scored arrows from 15 meters. Two of the boys were tied with 50/50 for the $20,000 so we had each shoot one arrow. Closest to the center of the bull won $20,000 and the other $10,000. The overall male archer shot 297/300 and the overall female 296/300 this year.”
Sam White, a ninth-grade student from Marcus High School in Texas, won the high school boys’ division with 297 out of 300 points. He scored 27 perfect 10s, ranking first out of 5,734 boys in the overall competition. White also earned $10,000 for college by placing second in a tie-breaker.
Michelle Boyken, a 12th-grader at Kentucky’s Meade County High School, won the high-school girls’ division with 296 points. She scored 26 perfect 10s and ranked first out of 4,709 girls in the overall competition. White won $1,000 for college.
NASP reports that over 2.3 million students participated in NASP during the 2012-13 school year. That exceeds the reported number of players in Little League baseball, and is three times the reported number of U.S. lacrosse players.
The 2014 national tournament also included the new NASP/International Bowhunter Organization (IBO) 3-D Challenge. Students used the same bows from the bull’s-eye competition to shoot 30 scored arrows at foam-plastic animal targets for a possible 300 points.
Tyler Fletcher, a 12th-grader from Stilwell High School in Texas, scored 295 points and 25 perfect 10s. He ranked first overall out of 1,128 archers in the boys’ 3-D division.
Olivia Bean, a seventh-grader from Athens Middle School in Ohio, scored 294 points and 24 perfect 10s, and was first out of 873 archers in the overall girls’ 3-D division.
Team Scores – Bull’s-eye
Top High School Team: Trigg County Schools, Kentucky
Overall score: 3,442
Perfect 10s: 233
Rank: 1 out of 164
Top Middle School Team: Trigg County Schools, Kentucky
Overall score: 3,360
Perfect 10s: 175
Rank: 1 out of 197
Top Elementary School Team: Kentucky Christian Academy, Kentucky
Overall score: 3,237
Perfect 10s: 133
Rank: 1 out of 114
Team Scores: 3-D
Top High School Team: Stilwell High School, Oklahoma
Overall score: 1,428
Perfect 10s: 95
Rank: 1 out of 75
Top Middle School Team: Fairfield Christian Academy, Ohio
Overall score: 1,383
Perfect 10s: 81
Rank: 1 out of 83
Top Elementary School Team: Logan Hocking Elementary, Ohio
Overall score: 1,301
Perfect 10s: 48
Rank: 1 out of 40