Dowell Captures Archery Title
The Fifth Street Sharp-Shooter Mason Dowell finished off his bid to win the triple crown in archery July 10 at Chapman State Park in Clarendon, Pa.
In his first and second stages of the Triple Crown, Dowell blew away the field, but had some trouble in the third leg and finished a close second, good enough to win the Triple Crown.
More than 1,200 shooters from around the country competed with over 200 in Dowell’s 15-17 year old bracket The archery series has continued to expand each year and has become the undisputed indicator of the best individual performer and equipment in the sport of 3D archery and bowhunting.
Dowell started archery after watching a friend shoot. He liked what he saw and decided to give the sport a try.
Dowell’s first competitive match was in Flatwoods, W.Va., three years ago. He finished second in an Open A, (All-Adults). After this, he really got the itch for archery and trained as many as four to five hours a day. As a student at Magnolia High School, Dowell wanted to keep his grades up and would sometimes practice only a couple hours when he knew he had to study hard for a test.
This year, Dowell has won all eight Ohio State championships he competed in, with one during the Memorial Day weekend. He also has won his first and only West Virginia State Championship last season.
He also won a World Championship in August of 2015 in Ellicottville, New York.
Dowell practices in his grandparents’ side yard, and when he isn’t practicing there, he will be out New Milton practicing for 3D competitions.
Dowell strives to shoot in more competitions to build his resume and hopefully attract sponsors to help him with his entry fee.
He has Pure Perfection Strings, The Bow Shop, B Stringer Stabilizers and Gold Tip Arrows as his sponsors to date. His major sponsors are his grandparents – Roy and Linda Dowell, who bought him his first bow and have taken him to many matches since seventh and eighth grade.
“If it wasn’t for my grandparents, I would have never gotten to do what I have done so far and I thank them so, so much to my success,” Dowell has previously said.