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Perfection Achieved

December 6, 2012 - Mathews Inc

In the athletic world, athletes strive for perfection, but rarely achieve it.  However; Perfection was recently achieved at a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) Invitational Archery Tournament. Last weekend in Richmond Kentucky, 425 other Archers, Coaches, Teachers, Spectators and Parents witnessed Ryan Long create NASP® history, one arrow at a time.
In the 10 years of NASP® no archer has ever shot a perfect score (300) in any NASP® tournament, championship or competitive event. At the Madison Central NASP® Invitational Tournament in Richmond, KY this past Friday and Saturday, Ryan Long became the first NASP archer to achieve perfection. Ryan shot 15 arrows from 10 meters and 15 arrows from 15 meters using his standard Genesis bow, no sights or other attachments, and Easton full length 1820 aluminum arrows. Each of Ryan’s arrows landed squarely in that 3” 10 ring (15 – 10’s at 10 meters and 15 – 10’s at 15 meters) final score… a perfect 300.  The previous record high score in NASP® was 298 and several archers were tied with that score.
Ryan is a senior at Madison Central High School in Richmond, Ky. He is no stranger to success. He finished 4th in 2011 and 3rd in 2012 at the NASP® National Tournament in Louisville Kentucky. Ryan also finished 1st in 2011 and 3rd in 2012 at the NASP® World Tournament in Orlando Florida.

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Over two million students participated in NASP® this past school year. That exceeds the reported number in little league Baseball and is three times the reported number of participants in U.S. Lacrosse.

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