New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 9, 2011:

ESPANOLA’S CARLOS VIGIL MIDDLE SCHOOL WINS ARCHERY SHOOTOUT

Vincent Jaugan and Caitlyn Mullally were right on-target this year, taking first place in their divisions to lead Espanola’s Carlos F. Vigil Middle School to the championship of the Third Annual New Mexico Archery Shootout, a National Archery in the Schools event.

Jaugan scored 286 out of a perfect 300 to win the boys division of the event, in which student archers from elementary through high school teams shot 15 arrows at targets 10 meters away and 15 arrows at targets 15 meters away. Teammates Erik Gutierrez and Sammy Miner took second and third places to help the team finish first with a score of 3,161. Koogler Middle School of Aztec finished second with 2,978 points, and Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science, a charter school, finished third with 2,863.

Team standings were determined by combining the individual scores of boys and girls on each team. Altogether, 569 students competed in the “virtual” tournament, in which archers competed at their home schools in late April and submitted scores online.

In the individual girls standings, Mullally scored 277 to edge out second-place Shelby Walker of Des Moines High School with 271. Angelica Avila of Garfield Middle School was third with 256 and Guadalupe Salinas of Carlos Vigil Middle School was fourth with 251.

The first-place winners in the boys and girls competition received compound bows. The first three finishers in the team standings received trophies and the top 10 finishers from each of the 18 competing teams received T-shirts. The Northern New Mexico Chapter of Safari Club International donated the bows and T-shirts. Shotokan Karate supplied the trophies.

Complete individual and team standings from the New Mexico Archery Shootout can be found at nasptournaments.org.

This is the third year the Department of Game and Fish has coordinated the National Archery in the Schools program in New Mexico. This year, teams from 47 schools were eligible for the tournament.

It costs about $3,000 to outfit a school or organization with bows, targets, backstops and other equipment to get a program started. The Department splits the initial cost with participants and provides training for archery instructors. Many schools incorporate the program into existing physical education classes.

Schools or organizations interested in participating in the National Archery in the Schools program can find more information by contacting Brian Guzman, (505) 231-4375 or brian.guzman@state.nm.us.

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