The 5th Annual Outdoor National Target Championships was hosted in Yankton on September 15th and 16th. This year, it overlapped with the Adult Compound Academy which was the 14th-16th. The 3-day academy covered all facets of archery competition; including tournament prep, training & conditioning, shot cycle, and equipment set up. Archers who attended received 1-on-1 tips from top professional archers and Level 3 and 4 coaches.
There were 259 archers registered for the tournament this year, it was the largest attendance for Outdoor National Target on record yet! The 2-day outdoor shoot featured a NFAA 900 Round on Day 1 and a NFAA Classic 600 Round on Day 2. The NFAA 900 Round consisted of 5 ends of 6 arrows shot at 3 distances, beginning with the furthest distance. Cub distances were 30-20-10 yards, Youth distances were 50-40-30 yards and Young Adult/Adult/Senior distances were 60-50-40 yards. The NFAA Classic 600 Round consisted of 4 ends of 5 arrows shot at 3 distances, beginning with the closest distance. Cub distances were 10-20-30 yards, Youth distances were 30-40-50 yards and Young Adult/Adult/Senior distances were 40-50-60 yards.
Official shooting on Saturday began at 11:00 am. The weather in Yankton for September is unpredictable and turned out to be a warm weekend. The temperature climbed into the low 90s as the day progressed. The Easton Yankton Comfort Station had cold drinks and sub sandwiches for sale throughout the day, much needed for staying hydrated and focused during the competition. On Sunday, shooting concluded at 1:00 pm, and awards were held inside the center at 2:30 pm.
Taking home the bowls in the Professional Divisions were James Lutz (Pro Male Freestyle) with a total score of 1489, and Paige Pearce (Pro Female Freestyle) total score 1480. Paul Penrod (Senior Pro Male Freestyle) placed first with 1463, and Bernadette Diab (Senior Pro Female Freestyle) 1398 total.
A full list of winners and final scores for each day can be found on the event page: https://www.nfaausa.com/tournament/outdoor-target-nationals/. Links for ‘Final Results’ and ‘Records’ can be found on the right side of the page. All photos are available from Bowdoc Archery: https://bowdocarchery.smugmug.com/NFAA-Events/NFAA-2018-Events/NFAA-2018-Outdoor-Target-Nationals.
The Vegas Shoot is the next major tournament and will be held in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel & Casino on February 8 – 10, 2019. Visit https://www.thevegasshoot.com/ for details and to register.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Outdoor National Target Championships this year. It was a great success thanks to all of you! As always, we love to see your photos, so please remember to send in your #nfaatrophydinner photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos will be featured in the Vegas Edition of Archery magazine.