Archery on target with students

By Kathy Nguyen

Other than an arrow embedding itself into a palm tree, the
Archery Club has not had one single injury.

Formed winter quarter of 2009, the Cal Poly Pomona Archery Club
does not require any previous experience for students to join.

However, students must pass a safety test before arming
themselves with a bow and six arrows.

Most students find their way to the Archery Club after taking
archery class KIN145A.

“I’ve probably been teaching this class since 1998,” said
Barbara “Barb” Harmer-Garcia, advisor to the Archery Club.

Harmer-Garcia teaches the only archery class available on

The archery class was in danger of being discontinued last year
but because of funds raised by the Archery Club, the class is still
available for students to take.

Harmer-Garcia said her classes are often full within

She encourages students to sign up and be waitlisted. With luck,
students may get in.

“I needed one additional unit and I thought it was interesting
to take archery,” said Jesus Sandoval, a third-year mechanical
engineering student. “It is a pretty fun class.”

Harmer-Garcia offers students in her class a chance to make up
work when they come to an Archery Club meeting.

“Since we’re actually doing an activity, we actually have to
have Barb here,” said Rebecca Steiner, Archery Club President.

Steiner said although their meetings are an hour long, club
members spend roughly 10 to 15 minutes each setting up and putting
away equipment.

The Archery Club is searching for another advisor so they can
offer more meeting times to students.

“It’s a great club and cheap, like $20 a quarter,” said

Students in the Archery Club have a range of experience, from
those who have never picked up a bow and arrow before taking the
archery class to those who have competed in a tournament.

“We have a lot of experienced people, so it’s nice,” said David
Hofferber, a sixth-year manufacturing engineering student.

He say the experienced people are friendly and willing to help
inexperienced people.

“Over the years, [archery] gets you to understand that you have
to focus on something,” said Cerin Takeuchi, a third-year
psychology major.

Takeuchi competed in her first archery tournament when she was
13 years old.

Some students like Takeuchi bring their own bow and arrows, but
equipment is available to rent from the university.

However, Harmer-Garcia warns that the equipment is old.

“It would be unfair of me to grade on accuracy with the
equipment we have,” said Harmer-Garcia.

Harmer-Garcia believes the equipment, which came from Citrus
College, is around 30 years old.

“It’s addicting though,” said Harmer-Garcia. “It’s sort of like
golf ” like you think next round, I’m going to do better and the
next round, I’m going to do better.”

Students are measured and given the appropriate bow and arrow

After stringing the bow, students put on a protective arm guard
before drawing back any arrows. From approximately 20 yards away,
students take turns aiming at the target, releasing the arrows
before retrieving them during club meetings.

“You may lose two arrows but find three arrows that aren’t
yours,” said Hofferber. “It’s an interesting game of lost and

The Archery Club meets on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. at Kellogg
Field, near Parking Lot K.

Archery on target with students

Pedro Corona / The Poly Post

Archery on target with students

Archery on target with students

Daniel Nguyen / The Poly Post

Archery on target with students

Archery on target with students

Daniel Nguyen / The Poly Post

Archery on target with students

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