For the third year, the Kinesiology Department at Missouri Southern State University will co-host the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program’s (MoNASP) State Qualifying Tournament.

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Shootout is set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Between 700-800 fourth- through 12th-grade students are expected to compete in the 11th annual MoNASP event, which is open to participants in the Four State Area.

Archery has become the fastest growing sport in Missouri, and some of the best programs at the national level can be found in Southwest Missouri.

In 2017, five teams from Missouri were ranked in the top 10 – including Sarcoxie, Carl Junction and Carthage. Sarcoxie Middle School was named National Team Champions that year.

In 2018, Carl Junction High School was named 2018 State 3D Champions, while Sarcoxie student Ally Nordell was the 2018 National Tournament Female Champion. Carthage sophomore Trenton Meyer shot a perfect 300 in the bullseye competition – a rare feat, and a first in Missouri.

New this year will be a special recognition for the Academic Archers, the more than 200 participating archers who have maintained a high grade point average.

Trophies, medals, gift cards and other prizes will be awarded. Flights will start at 9 a.m., with new flights starting every hour. Awards will be announced at approximately 5 p.m.

Cost for spectators is $3 at the door; children 12 and under are free.