The Tri-States' Katniss Everdeen takes home second title
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:46:44 GMT —
"It takes a lot of shots to win and one shot to lose," Brooke Miller said.
Thirteen-year-old Brooke Miller says archery is all about being focused. She's proven her focus brings results.
'It's awesome," she said. "You're just sitting there waiting and waiting for them to hand out the trophies."
It was worth the wait. Earlier this month, Miller earned her second national title at the National Field Archery Association's Indoor National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
More than 1400 shooters competed at the tournament. Miller shot the tenth best score of all women who attended.
"It's been a crazy ride all in all," Brooke Miller's dad, Kevin Miller said. "To start from where she did and just stepping in and playing around with a bow to chasing tournament all over the country now."
"It's been great to see this young girl go from a gangley sub teenager to a woman who's going to really shine in the world of archery," he said.
Charles Whitcomb owns Quincy Bow Pro and has always been a big supporter of Miller. He even sold the teen her first bow three years ago. One of many more he would sell.
"The Katniss Everdeen movie came out, the Hunger Games and we have had quite a lot of interest from young ladies wanting to get into archery," Whitcomb said.
Miller also sees the increased interest at the competitive level.
"It's been crazy," she said. "It went from like 23 kids in my division to like 50."
Miller says the increased competition doesn't bother her. She'll continue to do what got her to the top in the first place, practice.
"You need to practice on anything not just archery," she said. "It takes a lot of effort to get good at something."
Miller's next target is the NFAA's Outdoors National Championship in July.
She's also vying for a spot on the U.S. National Team.
Check out Brooke Miller explaining her shooting technique by clicking, here.