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HARRISBURG, ILLINOIS Navajo Technical University environmental science and natural resources major Filiberto “Beto” Vecenti shot his way to a first place finish in the men’s recurve division of the 2013 USCAA 3-D North Region Championship at Southeastern Illinois College on September 28.
Vecenti paced the Skyhawks at the regional event, starting his year on the right foot after finishing last season ranked 22nd in the country in the male recurve division of the US Collegiate Archery Association while shooting with Dine’ College.
“Beto was on He didn’t miss a target,”
stated NavajoTech archery coach, Clyde Henderson.
“With his category, it takes a lot of skill. You don’t have the extra pins for sighting compared to bow hunter and compound divisions.”
In addition to Vecenti, NavajoTech had top five finishers in archers Dudley Larrison and Collins Woody. Larrison placed second in the recurve division and Woody placed fifth in a competitive bow hunter division.
This is the second year NavajoTech is competing in the USCAA, after the teams made a splash in the Western Region indoor championship last year while sweeping the medal stand in the basic bow division. Whereas previously shooters shot at stationary, Olympic style targets, this year, NavajoTech moved towards shooting 3-D courses as well.
“They have a lot more to judge during a 3-D shoot,”
“There’s a lot of foliage that you have to shoot through and the 3-D animals sit at different elevations. You have to judge the distance and the place of the animal rather than having a set distance through the Olympic style.”
The tournament included over 40 archers from schools such as Michigan State University, the University of Kentucky, and Southern Illinois College. NavajoTech will next be traveling to the University of Missouri – Columbia to compete in the in the 3-D US Indoor Archery Championships this weekend, October 11-13.
Also competing for the Skyhawks was Gilbert Benally in the men’s division, and Ronda Joe and Leona Begay in the women’s division. Each archer competed in the compound bow division.
posted October 8, 2013 7:20 am edt