This past weekend, 12 year old Colton Lash fulfilled a goal he set for himself three years ago and that was to take first place in a national archery competition by the time he was 12.
Colton Lash and family went to Indianapolis for the USA Outdoor National JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) Nationals under the bowman class (ages 10-12). He took a gold medal at qualifications which consists of two days where they shoot 144 total arrows. Colton also won gold the third day in eliminations after receiving a bye in the first round for taking gold in qualifications.
On eliminations, Colton would go four rounds against other bowman – winning each round for the first place gold medal.
Not only did Colton have to compete against other bowman, he also had to compete against mother nature. This years tournaments turned out to be one of the windiest ever, with sustained winds of 20 mp/h and gusts up to 35 mp/h.
After accomplishing this goal, Colton will now set his eyes on another prize, joining the National Training Team also known as the Compound Dream Team – which are elite Compound bowmen training for one day compound shooting makes it into the Olympics.
– – – by Jake DeLuca