I usually try to keep things at least moderately professional on this blog, but sometimes the personal part just comes busting through. Like today. This news release just hit the wires:
LITCHFIELD, CT – Sixteen-year-old Shayna Jenkins captured both the silver and the bronze medals in two national indoor archery championships, while simultaneously bringing home dual gold medals in the New England region of these tournaments.
With a score of 1064 out of a possible 1200, Jenkins placed second in the nation in her division at the 41st National Archery Indoor Nationals. She also took third place nationally in the Junior Olympic Nationals with a score of 533 out of a possible 600. Nationwide, Jenkins was the only competitor in her division to medal in both tournaments.
Jenkins, a junior at Litchfield High School, is no stranger to the podium. In previous years, she has placed both regionally and nationally, as well as winning the Connecticut state archery championship and the Nutmeg State Games.
On the shooting line, Jenkins is known for her cool demeanor under pressure, often shooting off the last of her arrows with only a few seconds left on the shot clock. She is a member of both the New Hartford Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) team and the Harwinton Rod & Gun JOAD team.
Jenkins is now beginning preparations for what she hopes will be an equally successful outdoor competition season.