By Megan Kavalauskas
TROY — Archery ranks 55th on ESPN’s list of the toughest sports in the world. To some Troy High School students, that ranking doesn’t matter. They still chose to represent THS at the state archery competition.
On March 4, both the junior high and high school teams got on a bus and headed to Columbus to compete in the state archery competition. Every year the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) holds a tournament for schools all around Ohio to compete against one another. Only 24 students from each team get to attend.
More than 2,000 students participated in archery alone. There also are many other events ranging from bodybuilding to breakdancing at the competition.
The Trojans finished sixth in the state this year. The top three female shooters were: Lauren Zaylskie with a 290/300, Madi Rouger with a 273/300, and Megan Kavalauskas with a 273/300. The top three male shooters were Jon Gaul with a 282/300, Sam Kondall with a 280/300, and Dylan Sedam, with a 271/300. Last year the high school placed fifth in the state.
This tournament is a part of the Arnold Sports Festival, which is named after Arnold Schwarzenegger. There are six different locations all around the world, and Columbus just happens to be one of them. The other five locations are Brazil, Europe, Australia, Asia and South Africa. Schwarzenegger has actually shown up to the Ohio location during an archery session; he doesn’t just put his name on it, he actually gets involved.
Students can join the archery club in Troy starting in seventh grade. This year, the junior high had narly 80 students join. The high school however, had about 40 students .
The high school team qualified for the national competition, which is in Louisville, Ky. The tournament lasts for two days and is an all-day event. There are 42 states competing at the tournament on May 12-14 and is held at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Megan Kavalauskas is a sophomore member of the THS Archery Team and a member of the Trojan Tempo.