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Mississippi College Archers on Target at National Championships

MC archery team excelled at national championships in Foley, Alabama.
MC archery team excelled at national championships in Foley, Alabama.

Mississippi College archers turned in some fabulous performances at national championship competition in Foley, Alabama.

MC sophomore Kathryn Freeman achieved her personal best record with 216 points. That was good enough for the Natchez resident to earn the silver medal in the bowhunter women category.

Other notable showings with bows and arrows at the USA Collegiate 3D National Championships included senior Ryan Ivey of McComb. He shot his personal best on day one with 214 points.

Competition at the event in south Alabama was pretty stout from start to finish October 15-17.

The tournament was held at the Graham Creek Interpretive Center. The event featured divisions for recurve, compound, bowhunter and barebow archers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saturday evening banquet and Sunday team rounds were cancelled in order to maintain safe social distancing. The activity is run in partnership with the Georgia-based Archery Shooters Association.

Over the weekend, the University of the Cumberlands topped the competition, bringing home the overall team gold. Lindsay Wilson College finished second and Emmanuel College won bronze. 3-D Archery takes the archery range into the woods, and introduces unique angles to create new ways to have fun. Targets typically range from small skunks to massive elk.

The 3-D nationals wrapped up the fall 2020 season for the Blue & Gold.

“Overall, the 3-D season for the MC archery team has been a blast,” Kathryn Freeman said.

Allison Freeman, Emily Hootsell of Natchez, Ivey and Jacey Wall of Hattiesburg are all seniors. “We had a great season with new and old members,” Kathryn Freeman said. Jacey Wall graduates in November. “We enjoyed having her on the team and we wish her the best on her next journey.”

Rounding out the list of MC competitors at the 3-D Nationals were: Lexi Moore and Dalton Moore, both of D’Iberville, Bryden Herring of Meadville, and Anna Carraway of Wesson. 

The MC archers will soon begin practicing for their indoor season in the Spring. John McDonald serves as the head coach.

The MC Choctaws team turned in stellar performances at the collegiate archery divisionals earlier this fall. MC student-athlete KrysLynne Poole, 21, of Meadville won the women’s recurve division, among top awards taken home by the Choctaws. Krys is a Franklin County High graduate.