Local Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2003

Floyd Dryden students hit the bullseye in archery tourney

JUNEAU - Two Floyd Dryden Middle School students were on the mark earlier this month at the Western Classic Trail Shoot and National Field Archery Association Marked 3-D National Championship archery tournaments in Redding, Calif.

Floyd Dryden Archery Club members Alex Hunt and Kami Wright both participated in the tournaments on May 3-5 in wet, stormy conditions.

Hunt, competing in the youth male freestyle limited class (shooting with fingers and sights) was crowned national champion in the NFAA tourney, and claimed second place in the trail shoot.

Wright, competing in the youth female freestyle limited class, finished third in both tournaments.

Archery club advisor Marv Walter, a teacher at Floyd Dryden, finished second at both tournaments in the senior male barebow division.

The events drew more than 1,300 participants from across the nation in a variety of divisions. The Juneau contingent had to leave warm, sunny Juneau to compete in cool, rainy Northern California.

This was the third year that Floyd Dryden students have competed in the Redding tournaments. Past winners include Matt Hemenway and John Hill, who each took third in their respective divisions.

Hunt, Wright and Logan Balstad will travel to Wasilla on May 30-June 1 to compete in the Alaska State NFAA 3-D Championship archery tourney.

The Floyd Dryden Archery Club is an afterschool activity funded by a 21st Century Grant.

Hershey's Track and Field Meet set for May 18

JUNEAU - The annual Hershey's Track and Field meet for local youths age 9-14 will be held on Sunday, May 18, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track.

Events will include 50 and 100-meter dashes; 200, 400, 800 and 1600-meter runs; a 4x100 meter relay; long jump; and softball throw.

The meet is free, and pre-registration is available at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, 396 Whittier Street, through midnight on Saturday, May 17. Registrations can also be faxed to the center at 586-2186.

Late registrations will be accepted at the track on the day of the meet from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For more information, call the Zach Gordon Youth Center after 11 a.m. at 586-2635.

Event winners have the chance to qualify for a spot in the national Hershey's Track and Field meet, which is held in August in Hershey, Pa.

Last year, Juneau's Daniel Turner, then 10, qualified for the national meet with his time from the local event. Turner earned a free trip to the meet, where he finished seventh in the age 9-10 boys 50-meter dash.

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