Local youth archers make mark at nationals in Kentucky

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- With just a year of team competition under its belt, Lake Park Elementary's archery team found out what it will take to compete on the national level.

Lake Park's team of 20 student archers from third-through-fifth grade traveled to Louisville, Ky., to shoot in the two-day National Archery in the Schools Program competition on Saturday. The team shot a 2,763, close to 100 points higher than its score at the state tournament, and finished 72nd out of 91 competing elementary schools from 34 states. There were more than 7,000 student archers from elementary, middle and high school divisions at the national tournament, making it the largest archery competition in the world.

Competing schools must be certified in the National Archery in the Schools Program to participate. Lake Park was one of four elementary schools from Georgia to compete in the tournament.

Lake Park's Reynolds Langstaff shot a 259 out of a 300 maximum to lead Lake Park. Garrett Lloyd and Garrison Shenker shot a 246, while Carter Horne had a 243. Shenker's score was sixth in the country for third grade males (out of 37). Langstaff was 78th in the fifth grade male division (out of 500).

Hannah Kavanaugh shot a 231, while Madison Lee fired a 219 to lead the Lake Park girls. Kavanaugh's total was good for 42nd in the country for fourth grade females (out of 155).

Miller County's Eric Whatley, who competed as an individual in the high school male division, finished 45th out of 314 competing 10th grade archers with his score of 280.