NTC joins Collegiate Archery Association

May 15th, 2013 | By | Category: 24-4: Language Revitalization, Tribal College News
By Daniel Vandever

TAKING AIM: NTC archer Collins Woody competes at the 2012 AIHEC archery competition
in Rapid City, South Dakota last May.

Navajo Technical College (NTC, Crownpoint, NM) was granted membership into the United States Collegiate Archery Association (USCAA) this past spring. The national governing body for college archery in the United States, the USCAA is responsible for organizing local, state, regional, and national competitions, as well as selecting the international university archery team.

Admission into the USCAA allows NTC to compete at a national level. “Joining an association like the USCAA is a good thing for the college because competing on the national level opens us up to a lot more schools,” said NTC athletic director Christine Reidhead. “There are a lot of D1 programs and high profile schools that will be competing so we’re excited about joining.”

NTC’s archery program has had success competing at the club level and against other tribal colleges. At the 2012 American Indian Higher Education Consortium archery competition, NTC placed first in both the men’s and women’s divisions, while Collins Woody and Deanna Charley earned individual titles.

Because of NTC’s success against other tribal colleges, archery coach Clyde Henderson believes the college will be able to compete against some of the nation’s top schools. “I think they’ll do well,” Henderson stated. “They’ve been putting in the hours at practice, but I think what will be new for them is the target distance and format and scoring. But we have experienced archers and we feel good about it.”

In addition to archery, Reidhead stated that NTC is looking to build up all of its athletic programs. She noted that the college will be applying to join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in October and has plans to break ground for a new gymnasium.

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