By Rob Jellison
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) held its 4th Annual World Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL this past weekend. There were 4 countries, 33 states, 54 teams, and 1300 archers at this event. Hartland's Archery Teams had 18 archers that qualified for Worlds attend this event.
The World Tournament is a "carry over" form the National Tournament that was held this past May, so archers are competing in "last years" age divisions. The World Tournament is not as highly attended as the National Event, due to the level of archers that attend and the cost of the trip.
The archers that compete at the World Competition are truly some of the best archers in NASP.
Hartland's Archery Team had to shoot in the HS division in order for all of them to be on one team. We did not have enough HS archers attend, but we had some. Archers cannot shoot down grade levels to make a team, they can only shoot up a level or two to make a team.
Hartland had 7 High School archers, 6 Middle School archers, and 5 Elementary School archers that all shot on this years Hartland High School World Team, made up of 18 archers. (To qualify as a team a school needs at least 12 and no more than 24.)
To calculate Team scores - the NASP officials will use a teams Top 12 scores (4 of which must come from the opposite gender - so 8 girls and 4 boys, or 8 boys and 4 girls). The Top score for a team is 3600. Each archer then competes in their division as an individual archer (regardless of what "team" they are on).
So the 7 HS archers competed individually against all of the other HS archers, the 6 MS archers competed individually against all of the other MS archers, and the 5 ES archers competed individually against all of the other ES archers.
Awards are given to the Top Three Teams in each division, Top 5 males and females of the High School division, Top 5 males and females of the MS division, Top 5 males and females of the 6th grade, Top 5 males and females of the 5th grade, and Top 5 males and females of the 4th grade.
Hartland finished in 4th place with the 4th highest score out of ALL 54 competing teams. They missed 3rd place by only 39 points.
The team shot 3359 out of 3600 (and this was with young Elementary School and Middle School archers on this team.)
Hartland Archery did reach the podium twice in the individual awards.
- Betty Jellison finished with a 289 out of 300 which earned her a fourth place finish in the MS Female Division. This was her personal best tournament score. It was the 2nd best score by all 8th graders, and the 8th highest score out of all 526 female archers at the event.
- Sydney Vivian finished with a 285 out of 300 which earned her a fourth place finish in the 6th Grade Division. This was her personal best tournament score. It was the 5th best score by all ES female archers, and the 23rd highest score out of all 526 female archers at the event.
Hartland Archery's Final Numbers from Worlds:
- 4th place Finish as a Team
- 2 Archers in the Top 5
- 3 Archers in the Top 10
- 8 Archers in the Top 25
- 11 Archers in the Top 50
- 13 Archers in the Top 100 - With only 18 archers out of 1300