LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — With targets as far away as 60 yards, Jess Smith and the Tennessee 4-H Compound Archery Team took aim at FITA, NFAA-Field and 3-D archery targets at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships.
The competition, which took place the third week of June, was held at Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Neb.
More than 600 4-H’ers from around the country attended the event that held competitions in nine disciplines: Compound Archery, Recurve Archery, Air Rifle, Air Pistol, .22 Rifle, .22 Pistol, Shotgun, Muzzleloading and Hunting Skills.
The Tennessee State 4-H Team had members to compete in three disciplines: Compound Archery, Recurve Archery and Air Rifle.
Moore County’s Jess Smith, along with Ben Hester and Grayson Phillips, from Cheatham County, as well as Cameron Hart, from Fayette County, represented Tennessee as the State 4-H Compound Archery Team.
In addition to practice rounds, each archer shot more then 130 arrows during the three rounds of competition that lasted throughout the week. Smith did very well in all three rounds; his best was the FITA round where he scored 624 against a high score of 695, that’s an impressive 90 percent.
Smith finished the week with an overall 87 percent shooting record which made him the top scorer for the Tennessee Team.
“We are honored that Jess represented Moore County 4-H Archery at the National Championships this year,” said Extension Agent Lorie Burtts. “Participants in 4-H Shooting Sports are allowed to compete at the National Championships only once in each division, meaning that Jess will not be allowed to compete at next year’s championship as an archer.”
Smith is also a member of the Lynchburg 4-H Clay buster’s. As a sophomore, Smith has three more years to qualify for the shotgun division.
4-H Shooting Sports teaches safety, respect for the game and competition as well as the discipline of good sportsmanship, honesty, integrity and critical thinking skills.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Moore County 4-H Shooting Sports program should contact Burtts at (931) 759-7163.