Archery teams from Longview Farm Elementary, Summit Lakes Middle School and Lee’s Summit West High School recently captured awards in the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament, held March 28-29.
Almost 50,000 arrows were shot by 1,267 archers from 81 schools to determine Missouri’s best archers in three divisions: elementary (fourth and fifth grades), middle school (sixth, seventh and eighth grades) and high school. Based on their performance at the state competition, all three Lee’s Summit R-7 schools qualified for the national tournament to be held in Louisville, Ky., May 9-10. The competition will include close to 11,000 top NASP archers.
In its first year, Lee’s Summit West High School Titan Archery Team achieved a fifth-place finish with a team score of 3,230 – just 11 points shy of a third-place trophy. The highlight of the tournament for the Titans was the record-setting performance of 297 by West freshman Shelby Winslow. Her first-place score set a new state record and tied the female national and world record. Winslow has now won the coveted Grand Champions chrome bow for females the past two years.
Also on the podium was Adrianna Herrman, a West junior, who achieved a fifth-place finish after a shootout to break a tie. The Titans rounded out their awards by winning the inaugural Missouri Team Spirit Award.
Summit Lakes Middle School set a new state record for middle schools with a score of 3,359, earning the first-place trophy and individual gold medals for the team of 24 archers. Summit Lake’s score would have put them second in last season’s national tournament.
Summit Lake’s performance was highlighted by some outstanding individual accomplishments. In the girls division, seventh graders Lauren Smith and McKenna Rice took first and second respectively, while sixth grader Kennedy Covinsky captured third.
In the boys division, seventh graders Coby Ingram and Jacob Winslow tied for third with an archer from Holy Rosary in Clinton and entered a special shootout. After some tense moments – and five additional arrows – Coby claimed third place while Jacob took home the fifth-place trophy.
For the first time since the school began competing in NASP, the sixth graders were required to shoot in the middle school division, leaving Longview Farm Elementary with only new (first-year) archers to field a team. The fourth and fifth graders performed well shooting 2,913 to claim fifth place. That was just 20 points from a third-place podium spot. Longview Farm fifth grader Sadie Baich claimed the first-place trophy for the girls.
The Lee’s Summit R-7 Archery Program is fairly new compared to the top programs nationwide with Longview Farm having a program for seven years, Summit Lakes for two years and Lee’s Summit West in its first year.