SCHUYLKILL - The 8th Annual Archery Distance Competition was held July 27 on the lower field of the Phoenixville Area YMCA.
A total of 21 archers, ages 6 to adult, participated in the event using recurve, compound and the longbow. No sights were used on the bows.
All participants received medals with gold medals going to the first-place winners in each age group.
This year’s overall winner was first-time archer John Hotalen, hitting at 55 yards.
Second place overall of the second year in a row went to 7-year-old Olivia Mulligan, who hit at 50 yards. In 2012, Mulligan surprised everyone with her skill as an archer by hitting 55 yards. Coach Joe Grejdus expects a first-place medal for Olivia next year.
Third place went to last year’s first-place winner, Jennifer Forte. Jenn hit at 45 yards using the longbow.
Grejdus thanked parents and grandparents who helped to set up and take down the field and move targets.
Results were as follows with age, archer and stiance shot in yards:
6, Haylen Lawrence, 10 yards; 7, Olivia Mulligan, 50 yards; Lawson Finger, 25; Ian Pennypacker, 25; Daniel Birkbeck, 20. 8, Julia Grosso, 25; 9, Jessica Donovan, 40; Austin Pencak, 30; Jessica Westervelt, 30; Declan Woodall, 25; Aidan Zottola, 25; Leo Sereni, 15. 10, Paul Grosso, 25; Gavin Stevens, 20; 11, Olivia Sheridan, 35. 12, Lee Keele, 25; Jackson Wertz, 20. 13, Jay Mitchell, 35. 14-17, Mia Senese, 35. 18-Adult, John Hotalen, 55; Jenn Forte, 45.