Kynsley Redmon wasn’t sure what to expect when she showed up to Williamsburg this past weekend.
The Daviess County High School freshman traveled Saturday to the University of the Cumberlands for the Scholastic 3D Archery Outdoor Target National Championship, where she finished second in the high school fixed pins female division.
Though Redmon had never competed in any competition of its kind before, she knew a strong performance would pay off. And it did, as afterward she was named the S3DA National Shooter of the Year for female high school pins.
“It’s really amazing,” said Redmon, who first became interested in archery during a physical education class in fifth grade. “It’s really cool to see all my practice pay off. I’ve been working really hard. This tournament was brand new to me, I’d never shot that kind of tournament before.”
Coming off the heels of the previous weekend when she won the Archery Shooters Association Kentucky state championship and was also named the Kentucky ASA Shooter of the Year in her division, Redmon simply focused on what had helped her be so successful.
“I was really nervous to shoot,” said Redmon, adding that she typically shoots at 3D targets or indoor paper targets. “I just went out there and had fun, and it was amazing.
“I had about a week to prepare. I had to get new arrows and everything. It was just really, really different from what I traditionally shoot. But once I started, I immediately loved it. I won the qualifying round, and that gave me the No. 1 seed going into head-to-head.”
Redmon, who finished sixth at Indoor Nationals and third in 3D Nationals earlier this summer, certainly entered with a goal in mind.
“I was going for overall shooter of the year,” Redmon said. “I was in the lead for that before going into the last tournament, but I really wanted to secure it and lock…