Mary Beth Sallee
Hart Co. News-Herald
Matthew England, a 2020 graduate of Hart County High School, is once again a national champion.
England is an upcoming senior at the University of the Cumberlands (UC) in Williamsburg, Ky., where he is a member of the Patriot’s archery team. Recently, the team defeated Texas A&M to claim the title as 2023 USA Archery Outdoors National Tournament Champions.
England is also a part of Patriot history as UC becomes the first school to capture all three USA Archery national titles for 3D, Indoor, and Outdoor in the same season for the past two years in a row.
The recent Outdoors National win will have England soon adding a third national championship ring to his collection.
Although he is excited to have won another national title, he said that the true accomplishment is the people you meet, the friends you make, and the time you spend together.
“Everyone is there for each other and supporting them throughout the whole season,” England said.
In addition to a national team title, England also won a silver medal in the Men’s Bowhunter Team Rounds at the USA Collegiate Nationals. He also earned a Second Team All-MSC selection earlier this year.
England also shared advice for those interested in archery.
“For anyone that is willing to shoot archery, you will have to put the time and effort in to win but doesn’t mean you have to win,” he said. “There is also a reason to shoot for fun.”
England is a native of Canmer and the son of Chris and Melinda England. He is majoring in Information Technology with a minor in Criminal Justice. His future plans include continuing to shoot archery and making it to the pro-league.