Local archers hit the mark at nationals

Lathrop Street Elementary Archery team members and coaches gather at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) national tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky recently. The team captured two first-place titles, a second-place finish, and tenth place at the three-day event. PHOTO COURTESY NIKKI RHINEVAULT

Local youth archers descended on Louisville, Kentucky, May 2-4 for the NASP National Tournament with many finding the bullseye.

With over 15,000 archers competing over the three days, Susquehanna Community’s Kaylee Landry and Lathrop Street Elementary’s Aiden Sprouse brought home individual titles. Lathrop Street also captured two team titles.

At the NASP Eastern National Landry scored 296 out of 300 to finish in first place among senior female archers and fifth overall among over 7,000 competitors.

Sprouse recorded a 293 in the NASP Eastern National IBO 3D Challenge to capture the Elementary Boys Championship and lead the Lathrop Street School to a second-place team finish.

While Landry was the top local finisher in the NASP Eastern National, several other local students placed in the top 100 of their age groups.

Lathrop Street’s Alanna Welsh finished in fifth place out of nearly 2,000 archers in the Elementary Girls Division and was the fourth placed fourth-grade female. Teammates Hailey Aukema and Ava Castrogiovanni finished 61st and 90th respectively.

Sprouse finished 59th in the Elementary Boys which had over 2,200 participants.

In the High School Division Montrose Area’s Zachary Oleniacz placed 50th of over 7800 participants in the Boys Division including a 15th place among Junior Boys. He was joined by classmates Mercedes Strohl who finished 12th among Senior girls and Mia Amorino who placed 51st among freshmen females.  

The Montrose Middle School team had several top 100 finishers as Makenzie Krupinski finished 14th among sixth grade girls and  Madilynn Rhinevault finished 23rd among seventh grade girls. Anthony Bates and Bryson Traver placed 52nd and 63rd among sixth grade boys and Alyssa Jennings took 79th in sixth grade girls.

Lathrop Street claimed the team title in both the Centershot Bullseye Tournament and the Centershot 3D.

Sprouse led the way in the Bullseye with a second-place finish and Castrogiovanni and Aukema took seventh and tenth, respectively.

The High School team placed 17th as Mercedes Strohl finished 6th in the girl’s division while Amorino was 51st Oleniacz was 36th in the boys’ division.

Montrose’s Middle School finished ninth as Traver finished 20th and Hayleigh and Makenzie Krupinski finished 30th and 37th.

Landry finished 24th overall and was the 6th place senior female in the Bullseye competition.

Spouse was also second in the Centershot 3D Challenge and was joined in the boys’ top 50 by Mark Hawk (11th), Daniel Powell (28th), Jeremy Henry (39th), and Klay Carley (49th).

On the girls side Aukema, Welsh, and Castrogiovanni finished 12th, 13th and 15th, respectively; while Abigail Rozell finished 30th and Krisalyn Welsh was 50th.

Elk Lake also had two archers compete in the event.

Sophomore Ethan Brown finished 26th in the Centershot 3D Challenge, 87th in the NASP 3D Challenge and 77th in the Centershot Bullseye.  Camden Ruark finished 43rd in the Elementary division of the Centershot 3D.

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