Mississippi College archers achieved several first-place finishes at a regional tournament in Hattiesburg.
The MC Choctaws stayed on target at the 2020 USA Archery 3D Collegiate Regional South-Central Championships.
The September 18 tournament was held behind the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center. The facility includes 20 target ranges plus practice areas.
MC senior Emily Hootsell is delighted with the team’s strong showing on the road that Saturday.
“We practiced hard, and it showed at this competition,” Hootsell said.
The Natchez resident joins Blue & Gold teammates thrilled to be practicing at their new headquarters. Mississippi College shares the spacious archery range at Traceway Park with archers from Clinton High and Clinton Christian Academy.
“The new range at Traceway is a great opportunity to practice closer to campus and to create relations with the Clinton community,” says Hootsell. “I am excited for the sport to grow for MC,” adds the biology major.
Sophomore Kathryn Freeman of Natchez is just as pumped about being a member of the archery team after their solid performance in Hattiesburg. “The competition this weekend was fun and overall exciting for everyone.”
William Carey University sponsored the weekend event, MC’s first competition since February.
MC’s first-place finishes included Bryden Herring and Kathryn Freeman for bowhunter mixed teams, while Dalton Moore and Emily Hootsell captured first-place honors for their compound team performance.
Overall, MC’s first-place finishes included the compound women’s team, bowhunter women’s team, compound mixed squad, and the bowhunter mixed squad. The bowhunter men’s team came in second place. John McDonald coaches the Mississippi College archers.
Members of the compound women’s team are: Emily Hootsell, Allison Freeman, Jacey Wall and Lexie Moore. The team of women bowhunters consists of Kathryn Freeman, Anna Carraway, Emilia Miceli and Brianna Wigley. The bowhunter men’s team is comprised of Breyden Herring, Zeke Griffin and Evan Smith.
For eight MC archers, the Hattiesburg event marked their first collegiate tournament. Across the USA, archery participation is seeing dramatic growth. Surveys show there were 23.8 million Americans taking part in archery and bowhunting in 2015.