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Atlatl champions win big

The Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison announced the results of the twelfth Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship, held on Sept. 15.

Sixty-one competitors, aged six years old through retirees, gathered at Chimney Point from all over Vermont, New Hampshire (including a contingent from Franklin Pierce College), New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to test their skills in distance and accuracy using the atlatl, an ancient spear-throwing device. The event is sanctioned by the World Atlatl Association and co-sponsored by the Vermont Archaeological Society.

Anna Milovich, of Suffern, NY, the girls overall gold medalist, was crowned Grand Champion for the second year in a row after a shootout with the top woman, man, boy, and girl. Marya Carmolli, of South Burlington, was womans overall gold medalist, Erik Smith, of Connecticut, captured the mens gold, and Sam Weaver, of Monkton, was the boys gold medal winner. Vincent Walsh, of New York, threw the furthest distancesixty-nine meters.

Winning silver medalists were: Celine Rainville, of Highgate, VT, in the womens category; Greg Maurer, of Vergennes, in the mens category; Ian Brennan of Monkton, VT, in the boys category; and Elena Edwards, of Suffern, NY, in the girls category.

Linda Nolf, of Connecticut ,captured the womens bronze, John Morris of Grand Isle was the mens bronze winner, and Austin Kemp ,of Richmond, got the boys bronze.

Ten budding atlatlists enjoyed the atlatl-making workshop taught the previous day by Bob Berg, of Thunderbird Atlatl. On Sunday, ten competitors participated in the second day of the International Standard Accuracy Competition (ISAC). This standard target consists of rings worth six, seven, eight, nine, and ten points. Local favorites Greg Maurer, of Vergennes, and John Morris, of Grand Isle, did very well in ISAC and offered a master coaching class afterwards.

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