CSG Archers still able to compete despite Sunday rain

Sunday’s cold front and rain brought a lot of relief to the Capital city, but not necessarily for the Cornhusker State Games. All of Sunday’s outdoor events were cancelled or postponed due to the rain…except for archery. 

Chauncey Wilkins, an archer from Blair, has been competing in archery for a decade. Most of that decade he has also been competing in the Cornhusker State Games. He says it’s something he looks forward to each year. 

“It’s fun to get together with archers from all over the state of Nebraska…the fellowship and [to] have fun and shoot against each other for Olympic medals!”

Wilkins is one of many who return each year to compete in the state games, not only for the competition, but for the friendly atmosphere. 

“Everyone here is just so nice and they’re willing to help with anything…they’re all like family here,”  says 17-year-old Raegan Bender of Omaha. 

Bender has competed at the state games for the last 4 years, and recently qualified for thew USA Youth World Team. She’ll be traveling to Spain in August to represent the United States alongside 2 other young women in her division. 

Although Bender has competed in large-scale, national competitions, she still loves to compete here. 

“It’s so nice to be able to come here and have fun with everybody that’s here, I mean, my very first year doing this, I couldn’t even tell you how many friends I made,” Bender says. 

Although Sunday’s competition was altered due to the rain, most of the athletes were more than happy to have the events moved indoors. 

“I think a lot of us are pretty happy, those of us that shot yesterday, it was so terribly hot and the rain and thunderstorms moved us indoors, and this is a beautiful facility at the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center,” Wilkins says. 

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