LOGAN, W.Va. — A local youth has won first place in the 2016 NASP World Archery Tournament held June 26, 2016, at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Chase Herndon accomplished something that day that had been a dream of his for several years — winning the NASP World Archery Tournament.
But the win didn’t come easy for Chase. On March 26, Chase won the West Virginia State Archery Tournament held at the Charleston Civic Center. Not long after that, in April, he was involved in an ATV accident and doctors told him that his archery season was over for the year.
Being told this, Chase was even more determined to follow doctor’s orders and get himself back in the condition to begin competing again. Nearly a month after his accident, doctors reconsidered and released Chase to compete again, only a week before the national tournament.
With no practice, Chase had a respectable showing at the National Tournament, but it was after that tournament that Chase pushed himself to the limit preparing to take on the 2016 World Tournament, being held in Myrtle Beach.
Practicing several hours a day, every day, Chase finely tuned himself, physically and mentally, for the World Tournament stage. As the days were quickly approaching for the trip to Myrtle Beach, the practices intensified to hours upon hours each day. As Chase is no stranger to the archery world, as a two time defending West Virginia State Champion, his confidence begin to soar. He and his family knew that West Virginia, and the United States, were going to be represented well at the World tournament, but they weren’t prepared for what Chase was about to do.
Past accomplishments, such as winning State Championships and setting world record archery scores, had prepared Chase mentally for anything that was to come in his future, but what he was about to accomplish next was something that he could never be fully prepared for.
Chase took the shooting line, battling nerves of fear and excitement, knowing that he could compete with anyone in the world, on any given day. His first three rounds, of five shots each, were all perfect shots. At this point, Chase, his family and all his competitors knew that he was on tract to compete for the title of World Champion.
The next three rounds of five shots were to be taken at a further distance, of which the level of difficulty highly increases. Chase’s prowess led him to push through those final rounds to be the 2016 NASP World Champion. To capture this title, he had to outperform 912 of the most highly skilled archers in the world.
In the days following the tournament, Chase still has surreal feelings about the whole thing.
“It just hasn’t sunk in yet that I won the World Tournament,” Chase said.
“It’s been a great season with Chase capturing nine first place finishes.
Chase would like to thank his family, friends and all of his local support for encouraging him and congratulating him on his win.
Chase is the 13-year old son of Steve and Misha Herndon of Holden. He has been recognized in the 2016 NASP program as an Academic Archer with a grade point average of 3.71 and his school recommendation.