Pacer archery team earns 20th place in state tourney

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The Switzerland County High School Archery team competed in the Indiana State NASP Finals this past Saturday in Indianapolis alongside over 1,600 other archers.

This was the first year that the high school has had an archery team.

The team posted a score of 3,116 – earning them a 20th place finish in the team event in front of a packed crowd. The score of 3,116 also qualifies the team for a Tier 4 spot at the National NASP Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, to be held in May.

The Switzerland County archery team was paced at the State Finals by Austin Goedl, who shot a score of 283; earning him 14th place overall among high school males at the event out of 313 competitors.

Austin Goedl was followed by teammate Devin Harris, who fired a 280; placing him 23rd in the high school male rankings.

Kristan Arbaugh recorded the top score for a Switzerland County female at the event, shooting a 268, which placed her 46th overall female at the event out of 278.

Kristan Arbaugh was followed by Elizabeth DeSonia with a score of 259.

“We are extremely proud of our archers and what they have accomplished so far. Each outing brings new challenges for our young team,” Coach Kyle Woolston said. “In Indy, our archers shot in front of the largest crowd they have ever shot in front of before, so nerves probably played a factor, but they held up well for a young team.”

Other Pacer archers shooting at the state meet, and score, were: Matt Roland 264; Dalton Woodward 259; Drew Hewitt 259; Kyle Konkle 258; Dyllan Boetticher 256; Douglas Ray 256; Dalton Wilhoitte 255; Demetrie Liapis 253; Blake Johnson 252; Vince Hernandez 251; Adeli Kinne 237; Audrey Kinne 237; Eli Bowling 231; Alexis Cunningham 230; Brittney Jones 222; Lauren Smith 218; Tyler Yeary 184; Emma Dornbusch 177; and Cameron Ray 165.

The Pacer archers are coached by Kyle Woolston and Casey Jones.