Archery State is great

Rachel Bussert, Memorial Staff Writer

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On Feb. 15, Memorial’s archery team attended the state competition through Oklahoma Archery in the Schools Program. The team has working very hard to earn 14th place at the competition.

“To prepare for state, we have been having team practices after school,” senior co-captain Summer McLaughlin said. “We have to shoot from 10 and 15 yards with five arrows for one practice round and three scoring rounds from each distance.”

While it can be strenuous, those on the team enjoy the hard work.

“I’ve been practicing a lot in the past few months,” senior co-captain Jimmy Wood said.

The team went downtown to compete at the Cox Convention Center along with many other schools from across the state.

“Our biggest competitors are Mustang and Union mostly because they both have pretty established programs,” McLaughlin said. “My favorite part was watching my teammates shoot.”

To help the team refine their skills, Coach Rick Leath gives constructive criticism in order to place well at state.

“I love coaching the students and watching them improve,” Leath said.

Many of the teammates are thankful to those who support them and appreciate their effort.

“I’m very grateful for all the help we get from the archery parents,” McLaughlin said. “They do most of the organization and paperwork and make it easy for the students to have a good time.”

Congratulations to Memorial’s archery team on a successful competition.

Contact Rachel Bussert at [email protected].

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