Once again, Samantha Roberts has brought home the gold.
Roberts won both the qualification and elimination rounds in the 12-14 age group at last weekend’s Junior Olympic Archery Development Outdoor National competition in Raleigh, N.C., defeating the silver medalist with a tie-breaking arrow to top off an incredible performance.
Roberts, a 13-year-old Perkinston resident, hit 63 bulls eyes, 60 10s and 21 nines with her 144 arrows to tie the national scoring record 1,419 points out of a possible 1,440.
Quite an improvement over last year when she fell in the quarterfinals of elimination.
“I’m happy with how I shot compared to last year,” she said.
Roberts is no stranger to success on the archery range.
She won a gold medal in international competition last year, winning the World Archery 50th Anniversary Grand Prix Mexicana in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Coached by her father, Jason Roberts and Dee Falks of Nashville, Roberts spends between two and three hours, six and seven days a week, in practice.
“She shoots between 100 and 200 arrows a day when she’s home,” said Jason Roberts, who founded the Southern Draw JOAD chapter in 2016. “We go to Nashville for training with Coach Falks every 10 to 12 weeks and she will shoot 400 arrows a day while we’re there.”
Asked whether she thought the hard work was paying off, she responded quickly.
“Definitely,” she said.