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Natchez collegiate bow hunter wins competition in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Kathryn Freeman, a Natchez collegiate bow hunter, won first place in the Collegiate Bowhunter Female Division at The Vegas Shoot in Feb. 6-7.

Freeman earned $500 for winning the Collegiate Bowhunter Female Division. The money went toward Freeman’s school tuition at Mississippi College.

“It was a great opportunity, it was awesome and I really enjoyed it,” Freeman said. “As a freshman and competing against other collegiate female bow hunters, I was like, ‘Man, I can actually do something here.’”

The Vegas Shoot is an indoor archery tournament, which attracts more than 3,800 archers from around the world.

In the collegiate division, bow hunters shot 30 arrows for two days. The bow hunters shoot at targets and earned points. The total amount of points is totaled between the two days of competition.

In the two days of competition, Freeman scored 291 points on Feb. 6 and 287 points on Feb. 7. Freeman won the competition with a combined total of 578 points and beat bow hunters from other universities.

Six archers on the Mississippi College Choctaws also participated in The Vegas Shoot.

Anna Carraway also competed in the Collegiate Bowhunter Female Division. She finished seventh with 529 points. Carraway won $90 for winning her Flight, the group of bow hunters she shot against.

John Stanford and Ryan Ivey competed in the Collegiate Compound Male Division. Stanford finished 13th with 586 points. Ivey finished 20th with 538 points.

Alisa Promise and Allison Freeman competed in the Collegiate Compound Female Division. Promise finished 13th with 576 points while Allison Freeman finished in 18th with 551 points.

KrysLynne Poole finished 14th with 424 points in the Collegiate Recurve Female Division.

In the team competition, the Choctaws combined for 1,588 points and finished sixth out of nine teams.

“It was an awesome opportunity and we’re blessed to go as a team,” Freeman said. “We are thankful for the school for letting us go. It was an amazing experience and I’m excited to go back next year, if we have that opportunity.”