Seventeen-year-old world record-holding archer Faith Miller of Lewiston will be packing her passport again with her bow in August as she heads to Spain to compete for Team USA in the world archery championships that will be held in Madrid Aug. 21-26.
Miller secured her spot on the team in June at the SoCal World Youth Team Trials held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista where she placed first overall in the compound cadet female category by shooting 682 out of 720 possible points.
The championship consisted of four days of qualifiers amounting to eight hours of shooting over 100 arrows each day. Miller not only took gold at the tournament, but her scores also consistently dominated the lead for top spot on the youth team heading to Spain.
Among her previous accomplishments are winning the Indoor Archery World Series in her category at the international competition finals held in Las Vegas in February.
Leading up to that achievement was a gold medal win and a new world record she set last December at her first international competition that was held in Rome, Italy.
She went on to a gold medal in Nimes, France, in January before competing in the World Series finals at the Las Vegas Shoot where she placed first in the junior women’s compound event.
Moving the action outdoors for the SoCal competition, Miller said the “wind was insane,” but for the first time in forever, the wind was not her enemy and instead seemed to be working with her.
She said she is extremely proud to be representing the USA and is overjoyed for the opportunity.
The daughter of Heidi and Tony Miller of Lewiston, Faith will be a senior at Trinity High School this fall. She continues to be coached by Bill Dickens of Lewiston, a certified National Field Archery Association instructor who is also a friend and neighbor.