Youth Hits Bull’S-Eye In Archery Shoot

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The Clout Shoot at the Tonto Rim Sports Club’s Jim Jones Shooting Range had the biggest turnout in the two years the contest has been held in the Rim Country.

Chance Randall has built a reputation as a pretty fair country ball player having starred on several Payson Little League All-Star teams, most of whom qualified for the state tournament.

Soon Randall might be known as a darn good archer.

He showed his potential during a 3D archery shoot held Aug. 9 at the Tonto Rim Sports Club’s Jim Jones Shooting Range.

In the Clout Shoot — which is a long distance contest at a circular “bull’s-eye” target — Randall scored a perfect center hit from 95 yards away.

“It was a great shot,” said Les Conner, who organized the shoot.

Randall also shot his way to second place in the youth boys compound division of the 4D competition. Kyle Randall took first and Caulin Runzo was third.

In the men’s compound division, Larry McNeeley was first, Carl Hacker second and Mark Runzo third.

Rachel Brundage won the women’s compound title, out shooting Jamie McNeeley and Jackie Daily.

In the cub boys compound shoot, Jared Noah was first, Chase Johnson second and Alex Lewis third.

Jeneva Noah won the youth girls compound crown.

In men’s traditional competition Ken Krump won the gold. Denny Harger shot for second and Drew Justice was third.

Denny Harger is one of two volunteers who teach in the town-sponsored youth archery program.

Dylan Justice claimed the youth boys traditional title.

In the peewee boys traditional shoot, Ty Zimmerman took top honors. Bridger Harger trailed in second and Jordan Harger was third.

In all, 26 adults and 15 children participated in the event making the turnout the largest field in the two years the shoots have been held.

“We also had beautiful weather, it was a really good day,” Conner said.

The shoots are unique in that archers walk an outdoor course firing arrows at McKenzie life-sized 3D foam targets of bear, deer and mountain lions.

“There are 14 targets and they’re shot at twice from different distances, making 28 targets,” Conner said.

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