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North Dakota boy, 10, to compete at world archery event

June 6, 2018

OAKES, N.D. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy from a town in North Dakota will compete at a world archery championship contest this weekend.

Braysen Sagert will participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Championships June 7-9 in Louisville, Kentucky. Sagert is the first archer from Oakes to ever qualify for the competition, the Aberdeen American News reported .

Sagert began practicing archery when he was 4. He started competing a year later with the Oakes National Archery in the Schools Program club.

“Braysen started coming with me to shoot instead of going to day care,” said Shawn Sagert, Braysen’s father. “He’s just really loved shooting since that beginning.”

The young archer finished at the NASP National Championship with a score of 279, qualifying for a place in this weekend’s world championships.

“As a parent, I was a nervous wreck to be honest,” Shawn Sagert said. “I was more nervous than (Braysen) was, which was good.”

Sagert said his strategy for scoring high at the world event is “just thinking about shooting, really.”

“I might be a little nervous because I’ve never been at world championship. It might be a little harder to get focused, but I don’t know,” he said. “I just want to have fun.”

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