Hunter Hinz, age 13 and student at Italy Junior High, won first place on June 9, 2015, at the Texas State 4-H Round Up in the Intermediate Compound Aided division of the invitational archery contest. Over 4,000 4-Her’s gathered at Texas A&M University to compete in various qualifying and invitational contests for a wide variety of 4-H projects. This was the inaugural year for Texas 4-H to host an archery competition at State 4-H Round Up.
Hinz, who is a member of the Ellis County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, scored a total of 284 out of 300 with six 10 X’s , a perfect shot, and seven 10’s. Intermediates, which are 4-H’ers ages 11 to 13, shoot at 20 yards.
“It felt good to with the first ever archery match at Texas 4-H Round Up. It was also cool to see the archery fields and equipment rooms for Texas A&M. I also met the head archery coach for A&M and he talked to my friend and I about scholarships, grades, and what archery clubs do in college,” said Hinz.
Hinz has been successful in 2015 at many matches including the first place in Ellis County 3D Archery Tournament, first place at Johnson County 3D Archery Tournament, and 2nd at the Cook County 4-H 3D Archery Tournament. Hinz is also an excellent marksman with a light rifle and lead his team to first place in the District 8 4-H Rifle Match in May.
Hinz is looking forward to competing at the week-long State 4-H Shooting Sports Games to be held in July in San Antonio at the National Shooting Sports Complex. He is entered in every archery game available in order to qualify for the all-around division. The games include Modified 600, Field, Clout, 3D, and Wand.