By Katrina Vyborny
The busy times continue at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center! Our annual events continue to grow and our community outreach efforts continue to share the archery center to the community.
June 10-12 NEYAC hosted the National Field Archery Association’s 8th Annual First Dakota Classic tournament. The Classic is the last tournament in a 3 Star Tour, following tournaments in Las Vegas, NV and Louisville, KY. Approximately 300 archers enjoyed the new format with the opportunity to compete for over $40,000 in cash prizes, including a shoot-out for $10,000. Congratulations go out to Wade McClanahan (age 16) of Colome, SD for winning $5,000 amateur guarantee in the shoot-out, and Rodger Willet Jr. of Gloucester County, VA for winning the $10,000 grand prize. McClanahan also took home the championship title in the young adult class.
Directly after the Classic, NEYAC hosted the 4th Annual NFAA High Performance Youth Compound Academy. The Academy brought together 39 young adults (ages 11-18) from around the US (including Alaska), Mexico, and Canada for an intense 4 days of training with guests including George Ryals IV and Paige Gore. While the Academy has a primary focus on shot form and execution, significant time is also spent discussing fitness, nutrition, equipment tuning/repair and sportsmanship.
The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center (NEYAC) was honored to be the site for the Junior Archery Team for Baja California Athletic Institute from Mexicali, Mexico to train for 10 days. The group of nine archers and three coaches drove to Yankton to provide their team a high quality training experience both indoors and outdoors. While here, the team competed in the First Dakota Classic and the Midwest Outdoor Sectionals, and attended the Youth Compound Academy.
The USA Archery U.S. National Field Championships and World Field Team Trials were hosted at NEYAC June 30–July 3. After shooting a total of 48 targets between two days during Field Nationals, the top eight archers in each category competed in the team trials for a spot on the U.S. team headed to Dublin, Ireland in September 2016.
Alongside the larger events and tournaments, NEYAC has also been continuing to reach out to the community and participate in local events. NEYAC had an Archery Zone at Ribfest held at one of Yankton’s local parks. Weather changed the original shooting plans, but visitors were still able to have fun shooting foam-tipped arrows at a variety of targets. The local Boy Scouts have been coming to NEYAC to earn archery merit badges. Summer rec programming through the City of Yankton has exposed many local youth to compound and recurve archery, air rifle, and trap shooting.
To see more of what NEYAC has been up to, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @YanktonArchery.