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Ian Johnson, Nicolas Witt and Ashton Schlosser shoot at national archery tournament

Johnson and Witt both finish among the top 85 archers

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From left to right, Alexandria's Nic Witt, Ian Johnson, and Ashton Schlosser all shot at the 2022 National Archery in the Schools Program's Eastern Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky that ran from May 12-14. Johnson, who shot a 290 out of a possible 300, and Witt (289) both finished among the top 85 archers at the event out of more than 5,900 boys competitors across all divisions, while Schlosser (278) finished 626th in that same category. <br/> <br/>
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The Alexandria archery team through the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) recently had three of its archers compete at the 2022 NASP Eastern Nationals with more than 2,000 of the other top shooters in their respective divisions throughout the country who qualified through their state meets.

Nic Witt and Ashton Schlosser each shot in the high school boys division (2,138 participants), while Ian Johnson shot in the middle school boys division (2,317 participants).

Johnson shot a score of 290 out of a possible 300. That ranked him fourth among all 8th-grade boys and eighth overall among all middle school boys.

Johnson had 20 perfect 10’s as part of his 290 that left him 76th in the overall boys’ rank among competitors across all divisions. That is out of 5,951 total male archers at the national championship.

Witt shot a 289 with 22 perfect 10’s in the high school division. That was 27th best out of all seniors, and 76th best out of all high school boys archers. Witt was 85th in the overall boys’ rank.

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Schlosser shot a 278 with 14 10’s. That placed him 440th in the high school boys’ division and 122nd among all senior boys.

“The guys shot very, very well,” Alexandria archery coach Alan Hansen said. “We are proud of them. It is hard to shoot with 300 archers around you, but that is what they have learned to do. Block out what is going on around you, think about your form, focus on the spot on the target, shoot the arrow and then hold your form until the arrow hits the target. Then you forget all about that arrow. It is gone and you get ready to shoot the next one.”

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