Ian Johnson, Nicolas Witt lead Alexandria archers at national shoot

A total of 15,683 boys and girls across multiple divisions shot at this year's virtual national tournament through the National Archery in the Schools Program.

Alexandria's Ian Johnson takes aim during an archery shoot at Alexandria Area High School during last year's season on March 7, 2020. Johnson proved to be one of the most talented young archers in the country through the National Archery in the Schools Program when he finished second among 3,611 boys in the middle school division with a score of 295 at the national tournament recently. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Student athletes in the National Archery in the Schools Program in Minnesota have shot through a different year at virtual meets due to the pandemic, but they were able to get in a season that culminated with a national shoot recently.

Alexandria had two archers finish near the top of their fields at the national tournament that started on April 18 and wrapped up on May 9.

Ian Johnson nearly won the middle school boys division by shooting a 295 out of a possible 300 score. Johnson, the son of Alexandria’s Adam Johnson who shoots competitive archery himself , ranked second out of 3,611 middle school boys and first out of the 1,234 7th-grade shooters. Alexandria’s Ethan Giese and Alayna Waggoner also shot at the national tournament.

Nicolas Witt


In the high school division, Alexandria’s Nicolas Witt finished with a score of 293. That placed him 43rd out of 2,860 high school boys and 12th out of the 657 11th-grade boys.

Christian Scribner, Marc Magaard, Claire Monceaux and Morgan Hungness also shot at nationals from Alexandria in that high school division. Scribner was one of 100 participating archers in the tournament who was drawn randomly to receive a $500 scholarship.

Individual teams competed in their own gyms this year without other programs in attendance. The national tournament this year was open to any archer who wanted to shoot virtually. A total of 15,683 boys and girls archers took part from states across the country.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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