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Woodlawn archery shatters record to win world championship

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Woodlawn archers pose with their world championship trophy after shattering the world record in St. Louis. Woodlawn archers pose with their world championship trophy after shattering the world record in St. Louis.
Braxton Bates, Luke Headrick, Ella Lance and Alyssa Laviana all finished on the medal stand as individuals at the world championships. Braxton Bates, Luke Headrick, Ella Lance and Alyssa Laviana all finished on the medal stand as individuals at the world championships.

ST. LOUIS (WRCB) -- Woodlawn Elementary School's archery program keeps finding ways to raise the bar.

The group of 24 archers between grades three and seven shattered the world record team score for its age group en route to winning its second world championship at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis over the weekend.

Click here to read and watch Channel 3's profile of the program from last week.

"This is the absolute pinnacle for these kids, and they rose to the challenge," head coach Brad Bates said via cell phone Monday afternoon. "They broke the NASP's 11-year-old national record by 13 points in May, and now they broke the world record by 22 points to win another world title.

"I told the kids I'm not a boastful person, but y'all are the greatest elementary archery team there's ever been." 

The Timberwolves, who also won a world championship in 2010, posted an impressive 3320 score as a team to shatter the old world tournament record by 22 points. Woodlawn also shot better than 3300 while winning the U.S. national championship in May, making it the first elementary school program to ever post two competition scores above 3300.

In addition to the team honor, four Woodlawn students claimed individual medals. Braxton Bates, Luke Headrick, Ella Lance and Alyssa Laviana all finished on the medal stand in their age division.

"Our kids have been capable of shooting this well. They've done it in practice, but doing it on such a big stage with all the nerves is a different story," Bates said. "Walking into this dome where the St. Louis Rams play was just awe-inspiring, but the kids were not nervous. They were cool, calm and collected and didn't let anything bother them.

The world title makes Woodlawn the first U.S. program to claim a state, national and world championship in the same year. The Timberwolves finished third at nationals before winning their first world title in 2010 with a team score of 3245.

"Our core group this year is sixth-graders, and most of them won a world title on that team in fourth grade," Bates said. "They have really stuck together as leaders and been the glue for our team. They are maturing every day and they knew what it would take to do it again.

"These scores may never be approached again in this age group, so I'm absolutely thrilled for the kids. Now it's our goal to go out and win another one next year."

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