Young archers excel at National Championship tournament in California

Young archers from the Treasure Valley earned top-five finishes at the National Field Archery Association’s Marked 3D National Championships earlier this month in Redding, Calif.

The tournament is among the largest archery competitions in the world and attracts competitors from throughout the U.S. as well as international competition.

For the second year, Sierrah Kile of Meridian finished in second place in the female young-adult division (ages 14-16) and was seven points off the championship score.

In their debut performance at the National Championships, Dixie Johnson of Boise finished second in the female youth division (ages 12-14) and Clayton Allen of Nampa finished second in the male youth division. Hailey Hein of Meridian finished third and Kim Doering of Boise fifth, both in the female young-adult division.

The archers are coached by Ron Gaines, Hoyt staff shooter and Junior Olympics Archery Development coach through the Dead-On Archery shop in Boise.

“This was an outstanding performance from these kids from Idaho,” Gaines said. “What a wonderful and valuable experience for these kids to shoot in a venue with some of best young archers, world champions, national record holders and top professional archers in the world.”

The competition involved shooting three-dimensional targets are marked ranges from 40 to 101 yards.