LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – Shyanne Critchfield never expected to find her passion while watching an episode of “The Walking Dead. “

“I saw Daryl (a character on the show) out there with a bow and I was like, ‘That would be cool to do,’” said Critchfield.  

Four years later, Critchfield isn’t slaying any zombies but the 18 year old has skills that would make Daryl proud.

“I come out here for the sport and to have fun,” she explains.

After finishing second in the Kentucky State Archery Tournament, the Butler senior is giving it her best this week at Nationals right here in Louisville.

“I just treat it however like I would a regular competition and try to do my best at it,” said Critchfield.

“A lot of it is internal,” said coach Mike Hynes.  “It’s just focusing on the things you need to do and do well. “

That’s easier said than done.

13,000 competitors from almost 40 states will compete this weekend at the Kentucky Expo Center. They each get 30 shots in one flight. Then, they have to wait to see if they make the top 30 in their category.

“I try to block out all the sound,” said Critchfield.  “It’s difficult but once you get your aiming spot, you don’t hear anything.”

On Thursday during her flight, Crtichfield scored a 287 out of 300.

She has a shot at making it to Worlds but she’ll have to wait to Saturday to find out.

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