Nathan and Jacki Taylor prevailed in first District field archery competition.
No one could keep up with Jacki and Nathan Taylor in the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics field archery tournament April 16 at Red River Bowmen Archery Club.
The Longview, TX, couple finished one-two in Compound Release competition, with Nathan tops at 851 of a possible score of 900. He posted a perfect round of 60 along the way. Jacki, the current Texas Outdoor and Indoor champion and member of the Texas Field Archery Hall of Fame, scored 849, but she managed to outdo her husband in perfect rounds of 60 with two.
The contest was conducted for the District by Emma Gene and Bill Brown of the RRBAC. Bill took third place with a score of 839, despite having to battle tricky crosswinds gusting as high as 30 mph.
“We are so pleased with the tournament in its initial try,” said Doyle Blasingame, Coordinator of the District Olympics. “The way it was conducted and the venue were superb. It only leads us to believe it will become one of our best events each year. We are committed to having another next year.”
The barebow recurve competition pitted two world champions and Jim Metzger, winner of two world indoor championships, won out with a score of 557. Skip Trafford, a four-time All-American archer while at the University of Arizona and USA World Games team member who has won seven championships at that level, was coasting along at a 514 pace when he quit the field after two distances in order to attend youth league baseball and softball games of his son and daughter.
Other scores in the compound release division were posted by James Hawthorne (786), Gerald Messina (780), Johnny Moore (701) and Gary Panzer (617).
For Panzer it was time for a comeback. He once served as president of the Red River Bowmen Club but had not shot a target for 21 years. He was eager to compete again. Asked how he was doing as the meet wore on, the jovial 75-year-old replied with a wide grin, “well, I haven’t hit anyone.”
Women 55-59 Jacki Taylor 849 Gold. Men 50-54 Nathan Taylor 851 Gold. James Hawthorn 786 Silver. Johnny Moore 701 Silver. Men 55-59 Gerald Messina 780 Gold. Men 75-79 Bill Brown 839 Gold. Gary Panzer 617 Silver.
Men 60-69 Jim Metzger 557 Gold. Skip Trafford DNF.