Archers from Kentucky, southern Indiana, and southern Ohio converged onto Beiting Fields in Alexandria, Kentucky, on June 8 and 9 to compete for top honors in the USA Archery Kentucky State Outdoor Championship.
Among those competing were archers from the Central Kentucky Junior Olympic Archery Team (JOAD).
When the two-day, double 72 arrow rounds were completed, five members of the Central Kentucky Junior Olympic Archery Team earned their way to the awards platform.
Topping the list were Elena Hopper, who placed second in the Explorer Basic Compound division; and Sky Denham, second along with teammate Andrea Thompson, who placed third in the women's Cub compound division. Kennedy Sumpter placed second in the women's Cadet compound division and Natalie Duncan placed second in the women's Cadet Olympic recurve division.
Both Duncan and Sumpter received athletic scholarship awards from the University of Pikeville for $17,500 to pursue their archery careers at the next level.
Central Kentucky JOAD is based in Scott County and currently has 25 active archers.
The club is the newest junior Olympic archery team in the state of Kentucky, having formed one year ago and it does offer developmental programs for youth ages 9-20. Recently, Central Kentucky JOAD has opened its membership to adults as well as individuals with disabilities.
Archers can learn and compete in several categories including the Olympic recurve bow, barebow recurve, and compound bow.
Classes are available for all levels from the beginner to the elite archer.