Students compete in a National Archery in the Schools Program international tournament. Photo courtesy of NASP.

Two San Diego County high school students took top honors in the Virtual State Archery Tournament, a statewide competition for school-age archers.

Wyatt Vaineharrison of Poway, a freshman at Gracious Trail Academy, was both this year’s top male and overall shooter with a record-setting score of 293 out of 300 in last week’s contest. The score was the highest in the contest’s 5-year run.

Vaineharrison, an Eagle Scout and wildlife enthusiast, received an honorable mention in last year’s tournament.

Kearny High School sophomore Melissa Osorio’s score of 286 put her second, behind Vaineharrison. The avid tennis player had upped her score by 30 points from last year’s result, organizers said.

“We would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in this year’s Virtual State Archery Tournament, particularly the top boy and girl shooter,” CalNASP Coordinator Lesa Johnston said. “This year’s results were proof of how hard these young people have worked throughout the school year.”

Vaineharrison and Osorio each won a Genesis Special Edition compound bow.

The fifth annual Virtual State Archery Tournament, hosted by CalNASP and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, pitted shooters against each other, but on their home turf. Participants competed either at their school, in a gymnasium or an outdoor range then their scores were posted in a national database that ranked them.

— City News Service

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