St. Johns County Toxophily (love of the bow) 4-H Archery Club was well-represented at the 4-H Traditional Archery Match Feb. 17.
Sponsored by Florida 4-H Shooting Sports, the competition was held at the East Newberry Sports Complex in Newberry, Florida.
Youth from the age divisions of Juniors (8-10), Intermediates (11-13) and Seniors (14-18), competed in the statewide event.
In the junior divisions, seven St. Johns County 4-Hers placed in the Top 10. Anthony Martin took third place; Lucy Morin placed fifth; John Goff came in sixth; Taryn King was seventh; Waylon Wells took eighth; Teoman McEvoy placed ninth and Liam Dykeman came in tenth place.
In the Intermediate division, Anastaysia Frey placed fifth and Angelica DeVita took sixth place.
St. Johns County 4-Hers took the top three spots in the Seniors division. Mariah DeRenzo won first place; Scott Lucier took second place, and Peyton Pitcher placed third. In addition, Sachin Mishra placed fifth.
Traditional archery involves shooting a recurve bow without sights or stabilizers. The state no longer has a separate division for unsighted recurve so this match was developed to allow recurve archers the opportunity to compete against archers with comparable equipment.
Archers competed in three events; FITA or target archery, Field and 3-D. FITA or target archery is the event shot at the Olympics with a colored target. Depending on the division, the archers shot between 15 and 50 yards. Field is shot in the woods using black-and-white targets arranged in different configurations. The distances were between 10 and 40 yards. 3-D archery targets are foam game animals at distances of 10 to 40 yards, and it is also shot in the woods on a walk-through course.
The 4-H Shooting Sports Program is part of the Environmental Science programming since it takes place outdoors and elements of conservation are included in the curriculum. Archers develop life skills such as decision-making, personal safety, critical thinking and problem solving. They also learn how to manage their feelings in the potentially stressful situations of competition.
Enrollment for the 4-H Youth Development Program takes place each September and is for youth ages 5 to 18. For information, go to stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.shtml.
The organization is also seeking adult volunteers. For information, call 209-0430.