On October 8, 2017 the US Collegiate Archery Association wrapped up it's outdoor season with the US Intercollegiate 3D National Championships held at the Sahara Woods Estate Fish and Wildlife Park in Carrier Mills, IL. Over 300 archers from 23 colleges were in attendance. Callie Stevens (SO/Missoula, MT) is brining back a nationals fourth place finish in the women's Olympic recurve division. "This was a ton of fun! We were shooting in steep wooded areas and open fields. The wind was intense sometimes with 30 to 40 mile an hour gusts. I definitely learned to work with the wind. It was awesome, I'm addicted!"
This event consisted of two rounds for score, a 20-target unmarked round where archers estimate the distance of an animal-shaped foam target and shoot for score followed by a 20-target marked round where archers know the distance of each foam animal and shoot for score. "My marked round was just a few points below my score at 3D regionals but I nearly doubled my score for the unmarked round," Callie commented of her performance. Asked what preparation she took before this event Callie remarked "I spent a lot of time on my mental game; understanding that I would be around a lot of people I didn't know, in an environment and a game (3D) that is new to me. Also, trusting my equipment and that I could shoot strong shots. I learned at this event that (mental game) is so important because the other archers were giving me suggestions for changes and although they meant well I just stuck with what I knew how to do and it worked out well."
"Callie has been awesome this year," remarked head coach Josahan Jaime-Santacruz. "Last year was a big learning experience for her. She had to deal with a shoulder injury during competition season. She's been dedicated to her recovery and exploring techniques to shoot her bow that protect her shoulder. She's exceeded my expectations for her second year. The other team members have also been dedicated to their training and encouraging each other; I'm really excited to see how they do at the upcoming indoor season."
This concludes outdoor tournaments for the team for the fall semester. The team is now preparing for indoor season and upcoming events later this fall and early winter.
For more information regarding the Mount Marty College Archery Team contact Coach Jos at [email protected] or 605-260-9282