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Texas Shoot Out = Awesome Archery

Me shooting as a Cadet! Woo hoo!

Finally!

This weekend, I went to the Texas Shootout.  When I went to practice I arrived next to Brady Ellison, one of the top men archers in the world, I was pretty excited.  When I practiced, I was doing good.  After a good practice, we went to Wal-Mart to pick up food and we got my favorite, roasted chicken, Hawaiian rolls and salad!  After dinner I had some dessert (evil brownies made by my Aunt) and I started thinking about the next day and how I could get first and do really well.  When I woke up, I got breakfast and went to the archery field.

Me and Miranda!

The Competition Begins

I saw the pros arrive and my competition…I had the Junior Dream Team as my competition!  I knew right there it would be tough.  When we started shooting I was in 9th place for most of the tournament.  Then I started to get tired and my arrows started dropping low and I fell in last place.  ::sad face::  When we got done I was last but I learned a lot from my competitors Karissa, Mariam and Hye.

Me and Jennifer!

Day 3 in Texas

The next day I didn’t have to shoot but I watched the pros and got pictures with Brady Ellison, Jennifer Nichols, Khatuna, Miranda and the Coach Thomas from Texas A & M.  I was very grateful that I got to watch them and take pictures with them.  It was a really great experience and I am very glad I went!

Me with Khatuna!
Me with Brady!

Goal Setting

I fell short of my goal of 400 but I am 12 so I think I get a little time to bring it up. For the next calendar year, I am setting my goal of a 550 or better for my next USAT qualifier.  I want to do this so that I can apply for the Junior Dream Team Camp.  If you would be interested in doing that, the requirements can be found on the USA Archery site here.  Beyond that, I would hope to be ranked high enough to apply to the Resident Athlete program in a couple of years.  Those requirements are on the USA Archery site here.

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