Cassandra Pelton of Ludowici shot a personal-best score, securing first place and solidifying her status as the state champion at both the Junior Olympic Archery Development State Indoor Championships and the Georgia Archery Association Indoor Championships.
The events were held Feb. 15-16 in Austell.
Pelton was one of three archers representing the Evans County J.O.A.D team. Eighty-nine archers competed in the J.O.A.D. competition Saturday, which consisted of shooting 60 arrows for score at 18 meters on a 40-centimeter target face. On Sunday, for the G.A.A. competition, there were 76 archers who competed, again shooting 60 arrows for score at a distance of 18 meters, on a 40cm target face.
Pelton, an Olympic recurve archer, took the championship trophy in both competitions, while her teammate Sarah Thomas, a compound archer from Claxton, earned second place in the J.O.A.D. competition and third place in the G.A.A. competition.
Pelton’s other teammate, Todd Edgar, from Cobbtown, shooting an Olympic recurve, overcame equipment failure and placed third in the J.O.A.D. competition and earned first place and a state-champion title in the G.A.A. competition Sunday.
Edgar and Pelton are training this week and preparing to compete in the J.O.A.D. Indoor Nationals and National Archery Association Indoor Nationals, in which they will compete for three days, shooting 180 arrows for score against top archers from the Southeast.
The competition is this weekend at the Archery Learning Center in Snellville.