Register Staff Report
For the second straight year, the B. Michael Caudill archery team finished with a score of 3,355 at the National Archery in the Schools Program World Championship.
And for the second-straight year, that score was good enough to beat out the competition.
Led by Christa Murphy, Caudill claimed another world championship Sunday in St. Louis. The Spartans beat out Lamar Middle School (Texas) by 19 points. Jennings County Middle School (Ind.) was third with a total score of 3,327.
Caudill had 179 10s (bullseyes), the most by any middle school team in the event.
“It’s so great that these kids not only worked hard to win this award, but by doing so, they have built friendships and memories they will never forget,” Caudill coach Joy Campbell said. “This is so much more than a championship. We have become a family.”
Murphy brought home an individual world championship. The sixth-grader shot a 291 (23 10s) and edged out Gina Mishark of Arkansas by two points for first place in the girls elementary division.
The second-straight world championship was a victory that was shared by the team, shooters and some very special people who have been big supporters of the program.
“Mamaw Maudie, as the kids have come to call her, has traveled with us every year on the school bus to the past three world championships,” Campbell said. “A lot of local businesses call her ‘the brownie lady’ (because) she sells them to support our travels. She told me on the long, hot bus ride that watching her granddaughter become part of something like Caudill archery was worth baking all those thousands of brownies. The kids think of her as their grandmother and friend.”
Madison County shooters turned in outstanding performances in every division and age group.
Madison Central’s Ryan Long finished second in the boys high school division with a final score of 296, just two points behind the winner, while teammate Christian Carter finished fourth with a score of 294.
Led by Long and Carter, Central finished fourth in the team high school competition.
In the girls high school division, Cynthia Clark of Madison Southern was 15th. Alyssa Lainhart of Madison Central was 44th, Keeley Foley of Madison Central was 61st, Jenna Snook of Central was 84th, Caitlin Hall of Central was 90th, Jessica Pig of Central was 94th, Taylor Gibb of Central was 96th and Hannah Carroll of Central was 96th.
In the boys high school division, Bradley Long of Central was 16th, Jason Meade of Central was 18th, Jonathan Long of Central was 62nd and Austin Rieck of Central was 116th.
In the elementary division, Glen Marshall finished in 24th place in the team competition.
In the elementary boys division, Noah Metcalfe, a fifth-grader from White Hall, finished 10th overall with a score of 283. He finished fifth in his grade ranking.
Josh Hall of Caudill finished 60th overall and 32nd in the sixth-grade rankings. Dawson Miller of White Hall finished 80th overall and 25th in the fifth-grade division and Luke Foley of White hall finished 121st overall and 37th among fifth graders.
In the girls elementary division, Jaley Olds a fifth-grader from Glen Marshall was 17th overall and finished seventh in her grade rankings.
Nora McClure of Foley was 72nd overall (46th in sixth-grader ranking), Kaitlin Coyle of Foley was 98th, Riley Sitter was 120th and Breanna Jones of Clark-Moores was 131st.
In the middle school division, Clark-Moores finished 31st, Farristown was 38th and Foley was 42nd.
Chase Karzewski of Caudill, finished sixth in the boys middle school division, while teammate Nathan Carroll was 22nd, Joseph Ison was 39th and Jared Isaacs was 45th.
Hunter Baxter of Clark-Moores was 51st.
Haven Jacob of Caudill finished 15th in the girls middle school division, while Allison Cobb of Clark-Moores was 18th.
Foley Middle’s Meghan Gopalakrishnan was 20th.
Farristown’s Shana Webb was 24th, Bethany Groce of Caudill was 25th, Farristown’s Nikki Hensley was 32nd and Briana Bowles of Caudill was 48th.
The Caudill Middle School team includes: Chase Karzewski, Christa Murphy, Nathan Carroll, Haven Jacob, Joseph Ison, Jared Isaacs, Bethany Groce, Luke Martinez, Seth Stagner, Brianna Bowles, Josh Hall, Cole Baker, Abby Cruse, Zach Brisbsy, Tim Hall, Jessica Webb, Taytem Strauel, Dylan Wilkins, Katie Mitchell, Ashton Glasscock, Jake Franklin, Emily Snowden, Nathan McIntire and Daniel Winn.
The team is coached by Joy Campbell, Mark Campbell, Winston Long and Stacy Groce.