The Mercer County Titans archery team kicked off their 2020 season this past Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Scott County High School Cardinal Classic in Georgetown.
As a team, the Titans placed fourth overall out of six teams that competed in the competition.
Mercer County was sitting at third place up until the final moments, finishing with a score of 3,258.
Senior Emory Rogers was the highest shooter for Mercer County with a score of 280, a personal best.
Rogers finished 11th overall out of 255 female competitors.
After Rogers, junior Makayla Shearer, who also shot a personal best with a 279, placed 13th.
Senior Bailey Robinson shot 277, placing 16th.
Robinson returns after having a stellar junior season, competing at The Open Championship this past summer and also the KHSAA and NASP State Tournaments. Head Coach Eric Miller talked about her improvement heading into her senior season.
“I think she (Robinson) is learning to be comfortable with herself and that’s huge,” he said. “Confidence has never been an issue with Bailey. Learning to be comfortable with yourself through the ups and downs will help alleviate the pressures of stress while chasing your goals.”
The rest of the results for female shooters follow.
Sophomore Chase Flach shot 277, finishing 18th. Senior Hannah Johnson shot 264, finishing in 58th. Sophomore Madison Brown finished in 60th, shooting 263. Sophomore Cady Shackleford shot 261, placing 65th. Sophomore Addison Riley shot 260, finishing 72nd. Junior Karmen Murray, who shot a personal best with a score of 259, placed 75th. Freshman Sara Peyton shot 234, placing 117th. Sophomore Laci Bailey shot 227, placing 138th and sophomore Veronica Schroeder finished 183rd with a 195.
Freshman Kamron Maddox shot 278 to be the top male finisher for the Titans. Maddox finished eighth overall.
The Titans lost a lot from last season and having a young shooter step up is huge for the team.
“It is very refreshing to see someone like Kamron (Maddox) come in with the focus he has to help push this team forward,” said Miller. “If Kamron keeps pushing himself as he has been, the sky is the limit.”
After Maddox, junior Blain Flach shot a personal best 277, placing 11th out of 256 male competitors.
“Many others were only a point or two away from their personal best as well,” said Miller.
The rest of the results for the male shooters follow.
Sophomore Lee Abrams finished 16th, shooting a personal best 273. Sophomore Kameron Sparrow shot 270, placing 21st. Sophomore Christian Lanham shot 259, finishing 40th. Freshman Luke Coleman shot 259, placing 42nd. Freshman Nolan Johnson finished 57th, shooting 255. Junior Michael McLaughlin shot 254, placing 59th. Sophomore Joseph Ward placed 65th, shooting 251. Sophomore Ian Spillane shot 240, placing 97th. Freshman Caleb Revel shot 240, placing 98th. Freshman Garrett Clark shot 238, placing 104th. Freshman Michael Shearer shot 208, placing 173rd and freshman Landon Claunch shot 171, placing 219th.
“This team is still growing and has loads of potential to do something special,” said Miller.