Burley signs NLI for collegiate archery – Cloquet Pine Journal
CLOQUET — After receiving her first bow as a gift for her sixth birthday, it didn’t take long for the sport of archery to become a major passion for Cloquet High School senior Isabelle “Izzy” Burley.
On Friday, March 11, Burley fulfilled his lifelong passion and goal of competing in the sport at the next level, after signing his National Letter of Intent to join the Mount University archery team. Marty in Yankton, South Dakota next season.
Mount Marty’s co-ed archery team trains and competes at the world’s largest archery facility at the National Field Archery Association East Yankton Archery Center. The team is coached by Vic Wunderle, two-time Olympic medalist and eight-time world champion.
For Burley, the opportunity to participate in the sport she loves while receiving an education through a scholarship made signing a no-brainer.
“I’ve always thought about (compete in college), because I’ve placed pretty well in a lot of national tournaments, and I know a lot of schools are looking for that,” Burley said. “If it was going to pay for my college, I would definitely do it.”
Burley said the chance to compete at Mount Marty came about when his father contacted the coach, who in turn offered him a scholarship and a place on the team.
“I spent way too much time doing a lot of research on different colleges, and I applied to this school and they gave me a scholarship first,” Burley said. “Then my dad decided to go talk to the coach for me, and they started talking, and then I got an archery scholarship to go further. Now it pays half of my university.
The Lancers’ archery program competes across the country, including in Arizona in April for the World University Games (Arizona Cup). Travel won’t be new to Burley, as the sport has taken her to states near and far for various events.
Having the chance to compete alongside new teammates and meet new friends is something Burley looks forward to the most.
“Honestly, I think it’s going to be (great) creating new experiences, having new friends to change things up,” Burley said. “I usually go there with my mother and my sister, to go on adventures across the country. Now I can do it with friends or roommates or whoever, and it will just add a different flavor to the adventure.
Between now and the start of his college career, Burley will continue to hone his skills in competitions against some of the best archers in the country. At the 2022 USA Junior Archery Development Program Indoor National Championships held in Andover in February, Burley placed 25th in the women’s junior compound competition.