Teens On Target At World Championships

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Payson High School sophomore Margaret Hargett and former Rim Country Middle School student Brady Ellison now know the responsibilities that go along with being a member of a team representing the U.S.A.

Those lessons were learned at the VIII Junior Outdoor Target Archery World Championship Tournament July 17 to 25 in Lilleshall, England.

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Margaret Hargett (far left) was a member of the U.S. Cadet Compound female archery team that won a silver medal at the VIII Junior Outdoor Target Archery World Championship Tournament held July 17 to 25 in Lilleshall, England.

Hargett and Ellison were two of six Arizona archers who were on the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) team.

The event was both teens' first world team experience.

Hargett competed in the Compound Cadet Female Class and shot to a third-place finish in Federation of International Target Archery (FITA) competitions. In the Olympic Rounds, or OR matches, she took eighth place. She also was a member of the U.S. Cadet Compound Female Team that won a silver medal.

Ellison, who now lives in Phoenix, competed in the Compound Cadet Male class and finished eighth in the FITA and 11th in the OR.

As a part of the No. 1-seeded U.S. Cadet Compound Male Team, he helped the squad earn a gold medal.

"He was an anchor for the team and only a couple of points separated first from second (places)," his grandmother Alesha Calderwood of Payson said. "He put his three arrows in the ‘X ring' and the team won the gold medal."

While the biggest challenge of the World Championships was to perform well, first they had to endure the 14-hour trip to England.

"It was a long, long trip," Hargett said. "A lot of the other (team members) spent most of it sleeping, but I was too excited to sleep."

After arriving in England, the team resided on the campus of Harper Adams Agricultural University College, about five miles from the National Sports Centre where the matches were held.

Hargett and Ellison earned their spot on the U.S. squad at the 2004 Junior World Team Trials June 4 to 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On the 32-member U.S. team were a record six teenagers from Arizona. The other Arizona team members were from Scottsdale, Glendale and Tucson.

"I made so many new friends," she said. "I now know people from all over the world."

Champ in the making

Hargett's interest in archery began about seven years ago when she first picked up a bow and began shooting with her family --ll avid archers.

"It seems like that's the kind of the thing I was supposed to do," she said.

Although she also enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing and riding her horse in gymkhanas, it was archery that was her first love.

Competing in 3D and FITA competitions around the state, she built a reputation as a promising young archer.

In February 2003, she finished second at the Desert Triple Crown 3D shoot in Williams.

At the Arizona state FITA championships at Ben Avery Range, she won first place in the women's compound division.

Also in 2003, she won a gold medal in the Arizona State JOAD championship and the 3D Desert Triple Crown in Apache Junction.

This year, she has won the Desert Triple Crown and finished third in the World Archery festival in Las Vegas, Nev. At a 3D tournament at Clint's Wells in February, she emerged the overall winner.

An honor student at PHS, Hargett's goal is to earn an archery scholarship to a university and major in civil engineering.

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