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October 11, 2013

Teen competes in world skeet shoot

OSKALOOSA — Dalton Harvey exhibits a focus beyond his years.

Dalton spent much of the tail end of September and the first week of October competing at the World Skeet Shooting Competition in San Antonio, Texas, in the Class C 12 gauge double that included 100 youth and adults from all over the world.

His parents are Rob and Johanna Harvey.

Dalton and Rob made the 16-hour drive to San Antonio, Texas, in a shot as straight as those fired from his gun used in competition, stopping only to rest for four hours along the way.

Dalton described what goes through his mind while competing by saying focus is key.

“I just try to stay focused on what I'm doing and try not to focus on what I'm going to have for lunch or what I'm going to do later,” explained Dalton. “You have to focus on that target and only that target.”

As a dad watching his son compete, Rob said he was a little nervous, maybe even more so than Dalton himself.

“It was quite a moment for me when he shot his first 100 straight,” recalled Rob.

Once the competition got underway, Dalton found himself shooting against adults much older than himself. He also competed alongside people from much farther away from Texas than Iowa. Among those countries represented were the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

Awards Dalton earned included: 12-gage main C Class 9th, Doubles C Class 4th, High overall D Class 7th. He also earned 12-gage Main-East C Class champion, which is a world title.

Obviously, much of the goings on in Texas took place outdoors. And, yes, weather was a factor, noted Dalton. He said that when it rains in San Antonio, it does so very hard and for brief periods of time. However, when the wind picks up, it stays windy all day long, Dalton said.

The amount of sleep one gets, as well as what they eat, play a big role in competitive shooting. Dalton is well aware of this, saying he avoided caffeine for two weeks leading up to the competition, as well as during his time in Texas.

“It takes the oxygen out of your blood and it dehydrates you,” said Dalton, noting that he drank lots of water during competition.

Rob said some young competitive shooters struggle with the emotion of missing practice targets. He said they work through that emotion to gain a new one for state or national shooting competitions.

During the competition, Rob said his son began putting pressure on himself, adding that it's important for him to provide consistent support Dalton in a positive way.

Rob acknowledged the role of shooting coaches. He said success is not only a sign of passion and hard work on the part of the shooter, but the work put in by their coaches.

Dalton has been on the Oskaloosa Shooting Team for around three years. He said he enjoys competitive shooting because it just seems to come naturally.

Rob also wanted to thank the support Dalton received from the community, saying his son never missed a chance to wear his sponsor T-shirt because these were the people who helped him get the finances together to compete.

Dalton said he would like to continue to go to shooting competitions in the future.

When asked if he had any advice for a young person who may be considering competitive shooting, Dalton's reply was clear.

“Go for it,” he said.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.

 

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