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Western Nevada County will be well represented at the 2004 Field Archery World Championships kick off in Plitvice, Croatia July 5-10.

Rebecca Nelson-Harris, from the Lake of the Pines, along with Grass Valley’s Mark Applegate and Penn Valley’s Ty Pelfrey earned their tickets to the big dance as members of Team USA thanks to top-three finishes at the U.S. Field Archery Championships at Tippecanoe, Ohio June 6.

Nelson-Harris fought off some first-day jitters to blow away the women’s barebow field.



Nelson-Harris, who picked up her first barebow five weeks prior, finished with 504 points, 59 ahead of the second-place finisher.

“I didn’t have a lot of confidence early on, but by the end of the first day, I was ahead by a couple points,” she said. “By the end of the weekend, I pulled ahead by 50 points.”




Applegate totaled 597 points to take first in the master mens recurve competition. Pelfrey was third with 565 points.

Nelson-Harris credits the help of both Applegate and Pelfrey in her rise to the top of the archery scene.

“There’s no way I could have done it without their help,” she said.

“The Europeans are extremely efficient in this style,” Nelson-Harris said. “Women from the U.S. aren’t considered (to be good), but I’m gonna change that. And I hope it’s going to happen this year. “


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