YANKTON, S.D. — History has been made in Yankton, as a 21-year-old archer from California became the first female archer to finish with the highest score in any National Field Archery Association tournament.
Paige Gore recorded a two-day score of 1418 at the third annual Outdoor National Target Championships, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan (http://bit.ly/2cQukIP ) reported. The top male shot a 1412 over the two days.
National Field Archery Association President Bruce Cull confirmed Gore’s new record.
Gore credited her achievement to a change in her mindset.
“I used to get asked all the time before I left for a tournament, ‘Who’s going to be your biggest competition?'” she said. “That’s probably the worst thing you can think.”
She says she stopped thinking about her competitors and started focusing on beating her own scores.
Gore recorded a score of 890 out of a possible 900 on Saturday, followed by a round of 528 out of a possible 600 on Sunday.
“I don’t just want to be good in my own division, or just among all the girls,” Gore said. “I think there’s part of me that wants to earn more respect; that I can shoot with the big boys.”
Only one other woman competed in Gore’s division this weekend.
Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/