US Jr. World Team Trials - June 8-10, 2002 -
Pictures by Tom Barker and Ron Carmichael

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Czech This Out
by Tom Barker

Thirteen Texan Youth archers convened in Chula Vista, CA at the Olympic Training Center for the Junior World Trials. Weather each day was wonderful with an early morning chill and overcast that gave way to sun and a stiff breeze by early afternoon. It was virtual who's who of youth archery with the Jr. USAT team members and the nation's best in youth archery coaches in attendance.

Attending from Texas were Cassie and Tamara Raffaelli, Samantha Hessong, Holly Heinsohn, Sage Adams, Lindsey Carmichael, Travis Lafayette, Kevin Barker, Garrett Krueger, Sam Mody, Vikram Rangraj, Tim Myers, Jake Meisenheimer.

The first day of competition had over 100 archers shooting a full FITA (36 arrows at each of four distances). The single line of 3 archers per target made the day go quickly and several of the Texas archers shot their personal best scores. Only the top 8 scorers in the FITA (in each division of Compound/Recurve, Junior/Cadet, Male/Female) were allowed to continue their pursuit of a place on the team. After the first day, 8 of the original Texan 13 were still in the hunt for the 32 coveted team positions.

The second day of competition involved both a round robin (each got to shoot against every other in their division) and a typical FOR (the exciting head-to-head Olympic Round). The archers saw a very chilly and overcast morning with the juniors shooting their elimination round using half of the field, while the cadets shot their round robin matches on the other half. After lunch in the Olympic Training Center's cafeteria they swapped field locations to finish their shooting.

For the most part the kids seemed to be having a very good time of it all, while the parents alternated giving each other paper bags to breathe into and ER-style thumps on the chest. Tom Meyers commented that he had never been so nervous even when he was shooting on Pan Am teams. The parents became more and more gray with each successive arrow, conversely many of the kids seemed to grow and bloom under the competition. A distinct camaraderie was obvious and evident among many of the competitors despite the high stakes of the shooting.

Ultimately, four very excited, proud, and deserving Texans made the elite U.S. Junior World Team for 2002. Jake Meisenhiemer and Kevin Barker made the Cadet Male Recurve team, Sage Adams made the Cadet Female Recurve Team, and Tim Meyers made the Junior Male Recurve Team. Congratulations are in order to ALL the kids who competed honorably and did their very best.

They will now be preparing for the Czech trip by shooting in the summer Texas tournaments, JOAD nationals in Cincinnati and in between, raising funds to help defray the cost of the trip.

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Roster of Competitors

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Lloyd Brown and MJ Rogers

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