Mary Aldridge knows what it’s like to be a champion.
At the NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) World Tournament last weekend in Madison, Wis., she didn’t dwell on a repeat performance.
“I just wanted to go in there and have fun,” Aldridge said, “even if things didn’t go right.”
Things did go right for Aldridge, who will be a junior at Western Hills this fall. She was the girls overall runner-up, placing second out of 1,135 girls, with a score of 295. Halee Lanigan of Pulaski County High School was the overall girls world champion with a score of 296. A perfect score is 300.
Westridge Elementary’s team finished seventh in the elementary division with a score of 3,115, its best score in four world tournament appearances. Team member Evan Jones placed fifth in the elementary boys division with a score of 287 and was third among fifth-grade boys. Bondurant Middle School and Peaks Mill Elementary had teams in the tournament, and Elkhorn Middle had several individuals compete.
Aldridge was a world champion as an eighth-grader, winning the girls middle school crown at the world tournament.
“I was nervous,” she said about this year’s tournament, “but I figured I’d go with the mindset I had in the eighth grade — go in and shoot and have fun afterwards.
“Honestly I wasn’t paying too much attention to my score. I was making friends with the people shooting around me.”
Aldridge, whose personal best score is 298, wrapped up her sophomore season of archery at the world tournament.
“I’m very happy with how I shot,” she said. “I feel very pleased with how I ended the season.”
Here are the local archers who placed in the top 50 of their grade at the tournament.
Bondurant — Megan Aldridge, 14th, eighth-grade girls; Christian Woolums, 25th, seventh-grade boys; Sydney Mellon, 11th, sixth-grade girls; Makinley Slone, 14th, sixth-grade girls; Zachary Doane, 47th, seventh-grade boys; Jonathan Lewis, 45th, sixth-grade boys; Morgan Minter, 41st, sixth-grade girls.
Elkhorn Middle — Emily Blevins, 34th, sixth-grade girls.
Peaks Mill — Caleb Frazee, 26th, fifth-grade boys; Layah Fox, 37th, fifth-grade girls.
Western Hills — Mary Aldridge, second, high school girls and second, overall girls.
Westridge — Evan Jones, fifth, elementary boys and third, fifth-grade boys; Collin Wehr, ninth, fourth-grade boys; Hailey Martin, sixth, fourth-grade girls; Alexis Kurucz, 25th, fifth-grade girls; Matthew Meyer, 46th, fifth-grade boys; Trinity Aldridge, 34th, fifth-grade girls; Hollie Peyton, 29th, fourth-grade boys; Abigail Ferguson, 36th, fourth-grade girls; Emily Rudic, 13th, third-grade girls.