PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg High School archery team hit the mark in the state qualifying tournament on Saturday.
With 360 archers from 12 schools in attendance, the Purple Dragons tallied over 3,000 points as a team en route to taking second place and earning a spot in the state meet.
“This is the first time we hosted a meet so big that we had to use the main gym,” PHS coach Kris Mengerelli said, “This is the biggest tournament we’ve ever hosted. I think some of our kids were a little nervous about shooting at home in front of our home crowd, but they’ve been here before and they’ve worked hard. They all did really well”.
The Pittsburg girls’ team was led by Bailey Julian, who tallied a team-high 268 points and placed ninth overall.
Tatum VonWinklepleck came in close behind in 13th overall with 263 points.
On the boys’ side, Ben Blessant placed 21st individually with 256 points followed by Blake Simons in 23rd with 255 points.
“This is the last tournament until we go to state in April,” PHS coach Mary Packard said. “So, we will have practice four times a week to work on aiming and relaxing the steady hand. We also need to work on their forms and fundamentals for the upcoming state tournament.”