Petal native brings home archery awards

By STAFF REPORTS,

Morgan Hamilton enjoys archery because it’s more of a mental game, a challenging sport that’s all about staying focused.

The Mississippi College archery team captain, Hamilton is committed to making the Choctaws perform at the highest levels in national competition.

“I love our archery program, getting to build bonds with fellow teammates and getting to build our skills as archers,” the Petal resident said.

In Foley, Alabama, Mississippi College competed against archers from such schools as Michigan State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, James Madison, Alfred State, and Appalachian State.

MC Choctaws archers did quite well at the USA 3D National Championships October 27-29.

MC freshman Emily Hootsell of Natchez and sophomore Bradford Sauls of Norris City, Illinois ranked first with their mixed compound team shoot.

Sauls stayed on target to achieve first place in the men’s compound class.

Hootsell placed second overall in the women’s compound class, while Hamilton finished third in the women’s bowhunter class.

An MC sophomore, John Stanford of Water Valley and Bradford Sauls also got 2nd in the men’s compound team shoot.

Fans are growing on the Clinton campus and via social media as Mississippi College begins its fourth season with an archery team.

MC’s new season was really just getting started in Alabama in late October.

Top shooters in the collegiate archery competition will next travel to the National Indoor Tournament in Las Vegas in February 2018.

Growing up a horseback rider who also competed in 4-H, Morgan Hamilton polished her target skills with Petal High’s archery program in South Mississippi.

In Fall 2015, the sports management major enrolled as an MC freshman.

She soon started practicing with bows, arrows and targets in the woods on the Choctaws’ first squad.

Since then, Morgan has taken her talents to the next level at sporting events taking her across the USA.

“It’s nice getting the opportunity to travel across the country to compete against colleges from all over the United States.”

During Hamilton’s freshman year, the Choctaws squad traveled to San Diego, California for the Outdoor National Tournament.

Waldo Cleland has served as the Mississippi College team’s coach since its inaugural year. MC became the state’s first college to start an archery team. And since then, five other colleges across the Magnolia State joined the competition. There are 17 MC students on the current team.