For the first time since the KHSAA State Archery Championship began, a team other than Trigg County came home with the ultimate prize.
Madison Central edged Pulaski County by a score of 3,436-3,430 to claim its first KHSAA title.
Anderson County finished third with a score of 3,413. Trigg County, the three-time defending state champion who shot a day-high 3,458 in the preliminary round, finished fourth in the final round with a 3,411.
The Indians, coming off their fourth straight region title, finished as state runner-up the previous two years.
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Madison Central Coach Winston Long said his team has “shot above expectations” all year long.
“They’re just a great group of kids who give me everything they have,” Long said.
Anderson County’s Henry Thompson, a seventh-grader, won the individual title. Thompson, along with four others, finished with scores of 297 in the preliminary round to force a five-way shootout for the individual medal after the team finals were completed. Thompson finished ahead of senior teammate Chance Wayne for first-place honors.
East Carter’s Harley Marshall, a junior, was third after the shootout. Bullitt East senior Morgan Vaughn and Kennedy Sumper, a seventh-grader out of Harrison County, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Lafayette didn’t reach the final team round but finished seventh overall with a score of 3,410.
Full individual results are available via the KHSAA at bit.ly/1qFCeuH.