FROM READERS: Mizzou Archery team hosts national competition, two MU shooters win trophies

Friday, October 26, 2012 | 5:59 p.m. CDT
The Mizzou Archery team poses for a photo after the competition.

Sharon Brandkamp is the mother of Kelsey Brandkamp, who is part of the Mizzou Archery club. Their family owns the Powder Horn Guns & Shooting, where the club practices. The group's goals are to help improve students' skills in competitive and recreational archery. 

The University of Missouri's Archery clubhosted the USIAC 3D Nationals this past weekend (Oct. 19-21) at Prairie Grove Shooting Sports in Columbia.

There was a record turn out, with 19 schools represented and 106 competitors. Two Missouri shooters took home trophies this year, the first ever won by University team members. Kelsey Brandkamp and Thomas Gardner took home the Mixed Recurve Team championship title, with Kelsey also bringing home the Female Recurve championship trophy.

But the scores were not the only impressive aspect of the weekend. This record-breaking Nationals was pulled off without a flaw, thanks to some incredible support. Team members helped to keep everything going smoothly, as well as set up and tear down the courses.

Mark Eggers from the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association made sure everyone was in check, and kept the shoot running in an orderly fashion. Ralph and Mary Ann Gates, owners of Prairie Grove, provided the incredible location and first-rate food. Randy Latimer, Jim Sappington and Lee Brandkamp donated time and valuable knowledge as range officials, and also represented Missouri 4H Shooting Sports at this event.

And let us not forget all the shooters, who not only represented each college or University by making the trip to Missouri, but helped to keep the mayhem under control as well! It was an incredible weekend filled with incredible people. We are all looking forward to next year's event and hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as we did!

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