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Flames' archers fix sights on indoor national championships

January 8, 2019  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Defending indoor national champion Louis Boyd (left) and graduate Jason Lynch are among the Flames' top archers.  test test test test
Defending indoor national champion Louis Boyd (left) and graduate Jason Lynch are among the Flames' top archers.

Traditionally a 3D outdoor-oriented team, Liberty University's archery team's strength this season could be the indoor discipline.

The Flames and Lady Flames, led by senior defending USCA indoor national champion Louis Boyd and freshman Hala Skelton, respectively, have more than a month to prepare for the Feb. 14-17 USA Archery Indoor National Championships, hosted by JMU in Fishersville, Va.

"Most of my team members now are not used to 3D archery, they're used to target archery," said Liberty Head Coach Ian Rigney. The team spent the last three weeks of the fall semester after 3D Nationals getting sighted in to shooting their 20-yard bows. "At nationals, they will shoot 60 arrows at a target the size of a quarter … trying to shoot a (perfect score of) 300. They know what to expect."

He said the sport's primary challenges are staying mentally focused and physically fit to endure the rigors of competition.

"Archery most times is 90 percent mental and 10 percent skill," said Rigney, who won an individual USCA indoor national title in 2015. "I can show them how to shoot, but it's a matter of keeping your confidence and demeanor (up) and just making good shots."

 

Video by Patrick Strawn/Club Sports Assistant Director of Video & Media

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