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DWU archer Raeanne Klein wins world indoor championship

The fact that she is a world champion hasn't really sunk in yet for Raeanne Klein.

On Sunday in Yankton, the Dakota Wesleyan University senior won the International Field Archery Association World Indoor Archery Championship in the freestyle division. But she hasn't had much time to reflect on her accomplishment since she is busy studying for her last finals as an undergraduate student at DWU.

"I am trying to get through school right now," Klein said.

En route to claiming the world indoor championship, the Gregory native shot a 297 on Friday, 298 on Saturday and 300 on Sunday for a combined total of 895. The archers shot five arrows per round and competed in 12 rounds. By the end of the day, each competitor shot over 60 arrows. The highest score archers could receive per arrow was five. On the final day of competition, Klein shot a perfect 300 to capture the title over Lorena Alcaraz-Monzon, of Spain, by one point.

"I was hoping to get a 300 in the final round. It was the first one I have gotten in a tournament," Klein said. "My scores didn't really surprise me, but my placement within the tournament kind of did though."

Klein was surprised with her final placement because she normally competes in the bowhunter freestyle division but was forced to move up to the freestyle division because the championships did not have the bowhunter freestyle division.

The difference between the two divisions is the size of the stabilizer that an archer must use on its bow and the sights it is allowed to have.

In the bowhunter division, archers must use a 12-inch stabilizer and they are not allowed to use sights, while a 30-inch stabilizer is used in the freestyle division and they are allowed to use sights. A stabilizer is used to minimize the vibrations, which occur during the release of the arrow and it helps steady and level out the bow. A sight is an adjustable device attached to the bow which helps archers with the aiming process.

"Having the 30-inch stabilizer makes things much easier because there is not as much movement," Klein said.

When she is not completing school work, Klein is busy working her part-time job at Walmart in Mitchell and practicing at K&B Archery on Main Street or with the Stump Shooters Archery Club.

"It's fairly difficult to be a student and a archer because of the amount of time that I have to practice," Klein said. "I should be practicing two times a week, but with school and work I might get in one day of practice."

Klein grew up hunting and has always liked shooting. She said she chose archery because "it seemed like something that was a little more challenging than shooting guns and a little more fun."

The soon-to-be DWU graduate competes next at the Collegiate National Outdoor Championships at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah.