Mississippi College Archers Start Fall Season on Target with 3D Championship Victories
Mississippi College archers shot their way to an impressive finish in the USA Archery South-Central Region Collegiate 3D Championship in Hattiesburg on Sept. 25.
In its first competition of the fall 2021 season, the MC archery team swept all of four bow hunter and compound team events, while three archers captured individual first-place finishes.
It was quite an accomplishment, considering the tournament represented the first time many of the MC archers had ever participating in an intercollegiate 3D archery competition, according to John McDonald, MC archery head coach.
“I liked the way many of our shooters shot for the first time,” McDonald said. “This was the first 3D tournament of this type for several of our students. I was impressed by the way they performed.”
In 3D archery competition, archers mimic the hunting experience by shooting at three-dimensional targets of various sizes designed to look like animals. The targets are arranged along an outdoor course resembling a hiking trail.
The Mississippi College men’s bow hunting team took the team title behind Isakiel (Zeek) Griffin’s first-place finish in the men’s bow hunter division. Hayden Ricks and Jack Spears placed third and fourth, respectively.
The MC women’s bow hunting team matched the feat on the strength of Emilia Miceli winning the women’s bow hunter division. Miceli’s teammates, Kathryn Freeman and Anna Carraway, placed third and fourth, respectively, to help the blue-and-gold women’s team to the tournament title.
Abigail Veidmark compiled the highest women’s score of the tournament en route to first-place honors in the women’s compound division. Her teammates, Jacilyn (Lexie) Moore and Amy Snyder, finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively – good enough for the team to reel in the women’s compound title.
The men’s compound team, comprised of Ben Spears, Dalton Moore and Ryan Ivey, took top team honors for the tournament as well.
Lexie Harris took second place in the women's barebow division by a whopping 60 points over the third-place shooter. While not placing in the tournament, Ann Mabry Dean compiled an impressive 174 score in the second round of her first 3D tournament.
Fresh from their USA Archery success, the Choctaws archers have already begun preparing for a busy tournament schedule in October.
“We just build from one week to the next, working on techniques and retuning our equipment to raise our scores,” McDonald said.
The team is slated to compete Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Mississippi Collegiate State Championship at Traceway Park in Clinton, and Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 14-17, in the USA Collegiate 3D Nationals in Foley, Alabama.