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World-class archers take aim in Hamilton

HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC) -- Dean Villanueva has only been shooting a bow for about two years. You could've fooled me.

Competitive Archer Dean Villanueva said, "It's going through the steps in my mind to make sure I do everything I need to do is correct and ready to go."

Chelsea Neville has only been shooting for a year.

"Nothing's really hard. It's pretty easy and fun," said Neville.

Turns out, she's pretty good too.

Dean and Chelsea will join about nine hundred other archers this week in Hamilton for the National Target Championships and U.S. Open.

Frank Kelley, an archery instructor, said "Here they'll shoot 72 arrows one day at one distance, and 72 arrows the second day at the same distance." "And you're going for accuracy?" "Absolutely. The ten ring is, you know, red or better."

And if a nine-year-old can squarely hit a target. Then a grown man like myself should have no problem, right?

"We want the skeleton to hold the weight. Get it straight," said Kelley. "I'll do anything to get my students to shoot well."

Yeah, I should probably just stick to reporting.


So, what makes a master archer? How does one measure archery success?

"We're put on earth with this body, but not instruction manual. So, we have to learn to operate our body and patience is that key," said Kelley.

"I'm happy if I hit the target," said Villanueva. "There have been many times when I haven't hit the target and I've had to get out the metal detector."

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