Just as in bowling, a perfect score is 300, and Michelle Gilbert of Bethesda, Md., shot the lights out in the first of two 2009-10 JOAD Mail-In Tournaments scoring an astonishing 299. The cub-aged girl loaded up her recurve bow with 29 bulls-eyes from the 18-meter indoor distance to capture the title. The Virtual JOAD club member had one arrow land in the 9-point ring, which was deflected by the grouping of arrows already filling the 10 spot..
Gilbert, who shot the highest score out of all participants, led the charge of 268 kids and adults participating in this nation-wide tournament. The dates of competition for the first event were from Nov. 15-Dec. 31, 2009. The second mail-in event competition concludes, Jan. 31.
The JOAD Mail-In Tournaments allows youth archers the opportunity to compete at their local venue in a controlled competition format. The athletes shoot 30 arrows for a maximum score of 300 in the individual competition for both recurve and compound archers, while three archers comprise a team that shoots 90 arrows with a max score of 900.
Sean Curtin of Cincinnati Junior Olympians club just missed the perfect score with a 297 to claim the recurve cadet boy's title. He found center with 27 arrows, with only 3 arrows landing in the 9-point ring. This was one of the closest divisions as Chris Luman of Georgia's Kennessaw Archery club shot 294 for second, and Daniel McLaughlin of Cincinnati Junior Olympians took home the bronze with 292 points.
The compound cadet boy's division was claimed by Alex Sahi of Connecticut's Hall's Arrows JOAD Club. Sahi found the center with 18 arrows scoring 10s, while the remaining 12 were each 9-point counts for a 288 total. Placing second was Luman with 283 points, while Brett Crouse of Michigan's Flint Bowmen finished third with 281 points.
James Rutherford of the Corner Kidz Arizona JOAD club claimed the compound bowman boy's class by shooting an impressive 294 that was highlighted with 24 arrows landing in the 10-count center position.
A mere 11 points separated the top 7 athletes in the compound cub boy's division. Dylan Johnson of Connecticut's Hall's Arrows JOAD edged out Greg Fink of Michigan's Livingston Conservation and Sport Association, 293-291. In third was Austin Harris of Cincinnati Junior Olympians with 288 points.
Three of the top five archers in the recurve cub boy's division were representing Hall's Arrows JOAD out of Connecticut. Sam Wunder took the top prize with a 288, while his teammates Danny Neish and Bobby Rudolph finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Joshua Teuler of the Royal Oak Archers and Derek Hsiao of Cincinnati Junior Olympians tied for second with a 280.
The compound junior girl's division was close for a pair of Pennsylvanians, as Carli Cochran of Lancaster Archery JOAD club won with 292 points and just four points behind was Theresa McAndrew of Decker's Bows and More with 288 points.
Brent Hankins of the Cincinnati Junior Olympians sunk 20 arrows into the 10-slot to win the compound junior boy's division with 290 points. Travis McCurry of Corner Kidz Arizona JOAD was second with 283 points.
The compound senior men's title was captured by Shawn Lovel of the Kennessaw Archery Club with 294 points, almost another perfect score.
In the men's team competition, the Corner Kidz Arizona JOAD club took top honors with a combined 861 points, shot by James Rutherford, Seth Waldroup and Travis Konrad. In second was Michigan's Livingston Conservation and Sports Association team that was comprised of Greg Fink, Chris Bee and Joel Lanning who totaled 859 points.
The Livingston Conservation and Sports Association girl's team won the women's compound team title with Lisa Reppenhaen, Emily Bee and Heather Tacket shooting an 811 total.
The Cincinnati Junior Olympian Boy's Recurve teams took the top three places in the men's recurve team division. The overall title went to Sean Curtin, Daniel McLaughlin and Derek Hsiao with 869 points.
The girl's recurve team from the Livingston Conservation and Sports Association won their respective team title by shooting 778 points by the contribution from Holly Stover, Hunter Jackson and Victoria Anderson.
All proceeds from the 2009-10 JOAD Mail-In Tournaments will benefit the Ann Hoyt Legacy Fund, which provides long-term support for the USA Archery JOAD program and initiatives to attract youth participation for archery. Ann Hoyt, who passed in 2008, left an endowment fund to help subsidize and continue the successful JOAD program.
The second JOAD Mail-In Tournament is currently being conducted across the country. All results must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 10, in order to be counted.
For complete results of the first 2009-10 JOAD Mail-In Tournament click here.