ECRU, Miss. (WTVA) - Archery is still a relatively-new sport for high schools in north Mississippi. On Friday, one former area high schooler signed an archery scholarship with a four-year school.
Kristen Swords signed with the University of the Cumberlands, becoming one of the first area archers to sign a scholarship with a four-year school.
"We went and looked at the campus, and it was gorgeous," Swords said. "The coach was really nice - he's from Mississippi - and I've always loved the state of Kentucky."
Swords helped lead the young Viking archery program for three years, and set the state record back in 2011 for best score in an archery competition.
North Pontotoc won the state championship in 2011 with a score of 3,222 points, nearly 100 points better than second place Amory.
"I really depended on Kristen to shoot 280 or above, 300 being the best score," North Pontotoc head coach Matt Lindsey said. "For the first three years of the state tournament, she held the top girls' score at 288, and that's a big honor."
Now, Swords takes the next step in her archery career, joining the Cumberlands' archery program.
Swords will actually be a sophomore when she starts at The University of the Cumberlands this fall. She says that because the archery program is so young in Mississippi, colleges started approaching her this past year, thinking that she was a senior at North Pontotoc. However, Swords actually spent this past year as a freshman at ICC.