Two Student Archers in DNR-Sponsored Program Take National Honors

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Mitchel Monforton of Mound finished as the national champion male archer in the elementary division and Chantelle Skarda of White Bear Lake finished fourth in the female high school division at the National Archery In The Schools (NASP) National Tournament May 10 in Louisville, Ky.

“We’re proud of everyone of represented Minnesota at the national tournament,” said Kraig Kiger, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) shooting sports program administrator. “The results show that Minnesota does have one of the best programs in the country.”

Minnesota had the third-largest number of students participating in the 24-state tournament, which is the largest archery tournament in North America. A total of 152 archers from seven Minnesota schools made the trek to Kentucky. Communities represented included Osakis, Mound, Champlin Park, Grand Rapids, Sauk Rapids, Mountain Iron, Buhl and White Bear Lake.

Monforton, who attends Grandview Middle School, received the gold medal in the elementary male division and set a new state record for all archers with a score of 289 and 21 bullseyes out of a possible score of 300.

Skarda, who attends North Campus High School, improved on her fifth-place finish in 2007 by scoring 286 and 19 bullseyes out of a possible score of 300. Teammate Stephanie Mullin scored eight fewer points and finished in 18th place.

White Bear Lake’s archery team also placed eighth out of the 53 high school teams participating in their first-ever NASP national tournament, the highest a Minnesota team ever has placed.

Coaches from all the Minnesota teams credited their successes to the support provided by the DNR in sponsoring the NASP two-week physical education curriculum, which teaches target-style archery to youth in grades four through 12 during regularly scheduled physical education classes. An estimated 85,000 students from 250 Minnesota school districts participate in the program.

For information on starting an archery program, contact Kiger at (218) 327-0583 or kraig [dot] kiger [at] dnr [dot] state [dot] mn [dot] us.