S3DA Hosts 3rd Outdoor Target Nationals

Williamsburg, KY – Scholastic 3-D Archery hosted its 3rd annual S3DA Outdoor Target National Championship July 9th through 11th.  The event was held at the Mermet Lake State Conservation Area, a beautiful waterfowl hunting area near Metropolis, Illinois. The number of participants for the Outdoor Target National Championship tripled for 2019 with over 300 archers competing from 64 clubs and 15 teams hailing from 15 different states.  This year’s championship was held during some extremely hot weather conditions and the kids did a fantastic job of withstanding the heat. Due to the extreme heat conditions on Wednesday and a severe thunderstorm that afternoon, competition was postponed and resumed on Thursday morning.

The Outdoor Target competition consisted of archers shooting 6 ends of 6 arrows at the designated distance for their division and class. Archers had 4 minutes to shoot 6 arrows and for all arrows that were not shot within the respective time frame, the arrows were scored as zero.  After all archers completed their qualification rounds, they were seeded into a bracket based on their qualification scores, to compete in head to head matches derived from the top 4 elementary archers, top 8 middle school archers, and top 16 high school archers. Olympic Recurve and Traditional archers competed on the 122 cm target face, while Fixed Pins and Open archers competed on the 80 cm 6-ring target face. All archers competed in their respective divisions and classes to earn the title of “2019 National Champion.”

Many vendors, sponsors and partners were on hand to see the future of the outdoor industry in action. A successful event, as this, would be possible without the dedicated parents, coaches, Regional/State Coordinators and many volunteers, who selflessly pledge their time to make sure these student archers are focused and safe, but most of all having fun while competing.  This tournament could not have been made possible without the assistance of the staff at Mermet Lake State Conservation Area, S3DA National Outreach Director, Chris McDonald, S3DA Northern National Outreach Coordinator, Kim Rigney, GA S3DA State Coordinator, Jake Martin, all the Illinois S3DA staff and a host of other people.

S3DA Executive Director, Jennie Richardson had this to say, “For our first standalone event, our staff did an outstanding job. The heat conditions were unprecedented, but everyone continued to work hard. The coaches and parents did an amazing job of making sure all the kids were hydrated and keeping them cool during the competition. I am simply proud to be a part of something that I know is making a difference for archery.”

Students involved in S3DA are not only competing in archery, but they are spending more time with their families in other outdoor activities such as bowhunting, bowfishing and clay target shooting. Everyone is seeing an increase in membership and families are getting more involved at an unprecedented rate.  The S3DA National Staff is already planning and looking forward to the 2020 archery season that will include more conservation activities and national events.

Elementary School Club

  1. Hilltop Archers – Wingate, IN

Middle School Club

  1. Hilltop Archers – Wingate, IN
  2. Impact Archery – Williamsburg, KY

High School Club

  1. Hilltop Archers – Wingate, IN



Elementary School Division:
Female Traditional: 1st Breahna “Hayden” Catron, 2nd Kristen Eastridge, 3rd Mary Jurus
Male Traditional: 1st Logan Carter, 2nd Sawyer Sizemore, 3rd Daniel Jurus
Female Olympic Recurve: 1st Bridget Bailey, 2nd Anya Carson, 3rd Josie Bailey
Male Olympic Recurve: 1st CJ Griffith, 2nd Eli Barton
Female Open: 1st Ella Key, 2nd Alivia Slusser, 3rd Jennabeth “The Bean” Childers
Male Open: 1st Kaden McGrath, 2nd Addan Witt, 3rd Tucker Boudro
Female Fixed Pins: 1st Rylee Turner, 2nd Anslee Roberson, 3rd Brynley Lewis
Male Fixed Pins: 1st Ean Neal, 2nd Reece Weaver, 3rd Jaxson Pack

Middle School Division:
Female Traditional: 1st Maggie Brensinger, 2nd Claire Krepps, 3rd Brynn Rollins
Male Traditional: 1st Avery Wilson, 2nd Bear Geise, 3rd Logan Wamsley
Female Olympic Recurve: 1st Lanie Nish, 2nd Emma Vicars, 3rd Lucy Fritz
Male Olympic Recurve: 1st Joseph Hickerson, 2nd Trey Stuecker, 3rd Luke Wade
Female Open: 1st Destrie Vescuso, 2nd Brynley Bartley, 3rd Taylor Clevenger
Male Open: 1st Noah Coyle, 2nd Hunter Stevens, 3rd Landyn Cox
Female Fixed Pins: 1st Savannah Philpot, 2nd Grace Oglesby, 3rd Emma Willis
Male Fixed Pins: 1st Andrew Hubbs, 2nd Joseph West, 3rd Kent Wethington

High School Division:
Female Traditional: 1st Kaitlyn Shull, 2nd Maggie Doyle, 3rd Madellee Sturm
Male Traditional: 1st Brock Love, 2nd Dylan Childers
Female Olympic Recurve: 1st Kaitlyn Robinson, 2nd Jordan Lyons, 3rd Audrey Routte
Male Olympic Recurve: 1st Keller Hawkins
Female Open: 1st Hunter Tunstill, 2nd Jalyn Sharp, 3rd Paige Robbins
Male Open: 1st Dillon Thompson, 2nd Cooper Jones, 3rd Max Wangler
Female Fixed Pins: 1st Grace Magnusen, 2nd Kynsley Redmon, 3rd McKayla Kidwell
Male Fixed Pins: 1st Wyatt Burtts, 2nd Dalton Burkhead, 3rd Jonathan Bailey
Female Adv. Fixed Pins: 1st Madison Cox, 2nd Grace Heavner, 3rd Ashley Coffing
Male Adv. Fixed Pins: 1st Mason Manning, 2nd Uriah Bush, 3rd Benjamin Fannin