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O'Connor wins national indoor archery title

From Staff Reports

Jonesboro High School student and archer Maggie O' Connor recently won the gold medal in the Female Cadet Recurve division at the NAA Indoor Championship.

O'Connor won the title with a score of 1095.

The NAA National Indoor Championship Tournament was held over 3 weekends in February and March.

The tournament consisted of shooting 120 arrows for a possible perfect score of 1200.

O'Connor is 15-years old and is a sophomore at Jonesboro High School.

O'Connor's dream is to be the second Olympian to graduate from Jonesboro High School. The first was Steve Lundquist, won won the gold medal in swimming in 1984.

She's well on her way to competing at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

O'Connor is coached by former Israeli Olympic coach Andy Podobed.

"She won with a 19 point lead. That's an enormous point spread at this level of competition. If Maggie continues to work hard she will no doubt win her next competitions and make the US Archery Team," he said.

The NAA Indoor National Championship tournament is the first of three qualification tournaments required to become a member of the United States Archery Team (USAT) for 2006. USAT is the equivalent of the US Olympic Archery Team in off-Olympic years.

The USAT and Junior USAT teams represent the US in international competitions.

O'Connor's next qualifying tournament is the World Trials which is held in May at the Disney Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The NAA is the governing body of the Olympic sport of archery and a member of the United States Olympic Committee.