Dowell Wins Archery Crown
Fresh off the triple crown win at Chapman State Park in Clarendon, Pa. on July 10, 17-year-old sharpshooter Mason Dowell won the IBO World Championships during the weekend of August 12-14 at Seven Springs, Pa.
Dowell, of New Martinsville, competed against more than 300 other shooters in the 15-17 age group to come away with the top prize. With over 3,000 shooters in all age brackets Dowell won his seventh title this year, which includes six first place national titles and one world championship, giving him his second World title in the past two years.
“I started shooting as a way to help me hunt longer in the year; I then fell in love with the competitive side of it, which led to all this,” Dowell said.
“I am trying to make a career out of it. Each event has monetary awards – last year’s world championship paid $200,000 and I am waiting to see what the latest title will pay.”
Dowell said there are world wide competitions he would love to compete in, but he has to finish his high school career at Magnolia. This coming January he is making plans to compete in Las Vegas at the 2017 world championships where another large cash prize will be on the line. Dowell is hopeful to continue this venture for years to come, but as a back up he is going to pursue a career in criminal justice.
As an archer, Dowell competes with the compound bow and travels to competitions with friends he has met since taking up the sport.
He normally practices in his grandparents’side yard but often travels to West Union, WVa., where he sharpens his skills at the High Feather Archery Club.
While still in high school, Dowell is a member of the Blue Eagles’ cross country team, which he said helps him keep his resting heart rate low as he shoots. Dowell said he would someday like to compete in the Olympics, but as of now they don’t have his type of shooting, although they do have archery. He said they are looking at possibly offering it in 2024, and if so, he will be ready.
Dowell has only been competitively shooting for three years, but last year he won all eight Ohio state championships he competed in while also winning West Virginia’s only state championship. He is sponsored in his competitions by Pure Perfection Strings, The Bow Shop, B Stringer Stabilizers and Gold Tip Arrows. He is also 100 percent sponsored by his grandparents Roy and Linda Dowell who have taken him to many matches since his seventh and eighth grade.