Young archers from across the state compete this Saturday in New Mexico’s National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Manuel Lujan Building at Expo New Mexico.

“We are expecting more than 500 archers from more than 30 schools across the state to compete this weekend,” said Officer Brian Guzman, Youth Skills Coordinator for the Department of Game and Fish. New Mexico has participated in NASP since 2009. “They are going to shoot more than 15,000 arrows Saturday, and that’s pretty amazing.”

The kids compete in elementary, mid-school and high school divisions, Guzman said. They shoot 15 arrows at 80-centimeter targets 10 meters away, and 15 arrows at targets 15 meters away. They have two minutes to shoot each end of five arrows.

“This is a great program that engages the kids, and we expect to see a narrow point-score differential,” Guzman said.

To be eligible to compete in the state or national competitions, schools must include NASP as in-school curriculum for two to eight weeks. The top school for each division will be eligible to compete in the national tournament May 9-12 in Kentucky.

The public is welcome to view the competition.

Logo courtesy New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

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