Rebecca Lucas, a senior at Lakeview High School, will represent Lake County at the national 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship competition in Grand Isle, Neb., from June 21-26 in archery.
Lucas participated in county tournaments and worked her way up to compete at the state 4-H tournament in Albany, which determines who makes it to the national event in Nebraska. Over 130 students competed from across the state in various shooting sports disciplines such as small bore rifles, shotgun, recurve archery, muzzle-loading guns, hunting skills, compound bow, air rifle and air pistol. At most each state can send four kids per skill level to compete as a team.
Lucas placed in the top-four against her fellow competitors at the state level, facing off against people from all over Oregon also eager to make the team. She is only the second female to make the compound archery team representing Oregon at the national tournament.
“I have been shooting archery for about 9-10 years now,” said Lucas. “I am excited to represent Lake County at the national championships.”
Lucas acquired a new compound bow around four months ago with the explicit goal of competing at the national level. Lucas is also pursing potential college scholarships for archery.
Archery has a tradition in her family, as both her dad, Larry Lucas, and brother, Michael Lucas, who took up archery. Michael represented Lake County at the 4-H Shoot Sports National Championships in 2017, where he came in 30th overall, and the team finished 14th.
Over the past several years Lucas has been competing across Oregon. She competed at the Klamath Falls Indoor Super Shoot from 2017-2019, and placed first each year. At the Redding, Calif., Western Classic she placed third in 2018 and 2019. In 2018 and 2019 Lucas competed in the Safari Shoot in Eugene and placed second both years.
To qualify for the state tournament, Lucas had to first compete in a mail-in tournament. This is where people mail in their scores; if their scores are good enough they then qualify for the Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports State Contest held in June in Albany. At this event they can qualify for the state team to compete at nationals.
Lake County 4-H is excited about Lucas and her chance to compete at the national level. She helps mentor young archers in The Silver Slingers club.
Lucas, and Lake County 4-H, are working on fundraising efforts to help Lucas get to Nebraska; as it will cost her $5,000 for travel and other expenses. Lake County 4-H have given her a $500 scholarship, and will be holding fundraising events and seeking donations from people or sponsors.
To donate contact the Lake County 4-H office at 541-947-6054.