The ArrowCats claimed state champion honors for the third straight year and national title honors for the second consecutive year.
The tournament at Louisville’s International Convention Center featured over 1,800 students from more than 100 schools in Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio
TCHS junior Graham Cofield won state and national honors in the high school division, missing a perfect score by just two points. His score of 298 was 14 better than second place finisher Nathan Austill of Henderson County and TCHS freshman Gentry Gray.
Gray’s score was also good enough for fifth best in the national competition and fourth best at the state level.
Graham’s younger brother Grady, an eighth grader at Trigg Middle, won the middle school division both the state and national competition and was second overall to only his brother with a score of 290.
Matt Kennady was fifth in the middle school division with a score of 276
Sixth grader Ryan Russell took second place in the national elementary division with a score of 277, which was also the second-best score at the state level.
On the girls’ side, seventh grader Anna Knicklebein won the middle school division at both the state and national level with a score of 272, tying teammate Tiffany Dankovic for top honors.
Eighth grader Danielle Reddick was just three points behind in third with 269 points.
In the elementary division, sixth grader Kimberly Jones finished third in both the state and national division with 258 points, just five points behind winner Kendra Harper of Isonville Elementary.
Ellen Sipley was fourth with 257 points, and Amber Abate was fifth with 256 points.
Trigg’s strong showing allowed them to sweep the team competition in each of the three levels.
The elementary team had a team score of 3,690, which was 199 points more than the second place school.
The high school team had a score of 4,069, which was better than runner-up Somerset High (3,916) and third place Lincoln County (3,909).
The closest competition of the day was in the middle school division where Trigg County edged Henderson Middle by 38 points for the title.
The top 15 scores from each school in each division were figured into the team score.
When the students returned home Thursday, they were escorted by police to the school.
According to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Olympic style archery program was a Kentucky-spearheaded effort to promote academic success among Kentucky students and inspire greater interest in outdoor skills development. It began as the Kentucky Archery in the Schools Program. But that name soon changed when its almost overnight popularity quickly expanded nationwide. The first event was held in Lexington three years ago and attracted 600 student archers.
"The tremendous growth and popularity of this program is astounding," said Roy Grimes, an aide to Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (KDFWR) commissioner Tom Bennett and national coordinator for NASP. "It has exceeded all expectations.
"The number of student archers competing in this event has grown about 50 percent over last year’s 1,291 and has overwhelmed our facility this year," he said. "It’s hard to believe that we have outgrown Louisville’s Convention Center in just three years."