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DECATUR, Alabama - A beautiful morning line for day one of qualification at U.S. National Target Championships and Easton JOAD Nationals was followed by an electrical storm that delayed shooting for several hours. Despite the delays, archers were able to shoot most of the afternoon line under the stadium lights.
10 year-old Connor Edwards shot the morning line as a compound bowman for his first ever Outdoor Nationals. "It was pretty nice today. The weather was hot and very windy but I made some new friends. My goal for the rest of this tournament is just to become a better shooter."
Steve Anderson (Salt Lake City, Utah) led the compound senior men's field. He commented: "It was a good day, I had been a little light on practice, the wind was manageable but it was just tough enough that you could go either way, if you had a good day, if you had a mediocre day, you might get a poor score out of it and that's just the way the wind was."
Steve added his advice to the JOAD archers who may be at their first nationals this summer: "Remember that mentally, it's a bigger deal to you than it is to anyone else. Go and shoot and have fun and I promise you, win or lose, we're all here for a good time."
Competition resumes tomorrow with day two of qualification. Complete results from today will be available here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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