McALESTER — Approximately 450 scorecards were entered in Saturday’s longbow and recurve bow portions of the Southern Plains Traditional Archery Tournament at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. From those 450 cards emerged the top five archers in each of five categories.
After that, just an armadillo, a coyote and a whitetail buck stood between the groups of five archers and their championship buckles.
Leisa Payne drilled all three targets in both the women’s longbow and women’s recurve bow competitions, taking first in both. In the men’s competitions, Spanky Brooks won the senior longbow, Jeremiah Jarmin won the recurve bow and Ryan Ramsey won the longbow.
Archers in each category took one shot at an armadillo placed nine yards away from the shooter’s box, one at a coyote 16 yards away and then one at a buck 27 yards away. Each target had a scoring ring, with 12 points earned for hitting the center circle, 10 points for the inner ring, eight for the outer ring and five for anywhere else on the target.
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