In the athletic world, athletes strive for perfection, but rarely achieve it. However, perfection was recently achieved at a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Invitational Archery Tournament. Last weekend in Richmond, 425 Archers, Coaches, Teachers, Spectators and Parents witnessed Ryan Long create NASP history, one arrow at a time. In the 10 years of NASP, no archer has ever shot a perfect score (300) in any NASP tournament, championship or competitive event. At the Madison Central NASP Invitational Tournament Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Ryan Long became the first NASP archer to achieve perfection.
Ryan shot 15 arrows from 10 meters and 15 arrows from 15 meters using his standard Genesis bow with no sights or other attachments, and Easton full length 1820 aluminum arrows. Each of Ryan’s arrows landed squarely in that 3-inch 10 ring (15 10s at 10 meters and 15 10s at 15 meters) producing a final score of a perfect 300. The previous record high score in NASP was 298 and several archers were tied with that score.
Ryan is a senior at Madison Central High School. He is no stranger to success. He finished 4th in 2011 and 3rd in 2012 at the NASP National Tournament in Louisville. Ryan also finished 1st in 2011 and 3rd in 2012 at the NASP World Tournament in Orlando, Florida.
More than 2million students participated in NASP this past school year.