Burley signs NLI for collegiate archery
Isabelle "Izzy" Burley will join the Mount Marty University co-ed archery team next season.
CLOQUET — After receiving her first bow as a present 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 turned her passion and longtime goal of competing in the sport at the next level into reality, after signing her National Letter of Intent to join the Mount Marty University archery team in Yankton, South Dakota, next season.
The Mount Marty co-ed archery team practices and competes in the world’s largest archery facility at the National Field Archery Association East Yankton Archery Center. The team is coached by Vic Wunderle, who is a 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 the signing a no-brainer.
“I have always thought about (competing in college), because I’ve ranked pretty highly at a lot of national tournaments, and I know a lot of schools are kind of looking for that,” Burley said. “If it was going to pay for my college, I was definitely going to do it.”
Burley said the chance to compete at Mount Marty came as a result of her dad reaching out to the coach, who in turn offered her a scholarship and a spot 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 actually gave me an academic scholarship first,” Burley. “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 on top of that. Now that’s paying for half of my college.”
The Lancers archery program competes in competitions across the country, including Arizona in April for the World University Games (Arizona Cup). The travel will be nothing new for Burley, as the sport has brought her to states near and far for various events.
Having the chance to compete alongside new teammates and meet new friends is something that Burley is looking forward to most about the opportunity.
“Honestly, I think it’s going to be (great) creating new experiences, having new friends to change it up,” Burley said. “I’m used to just going with my mom and my sister, just going on adventures around the country. Now I can do it with friends or roommates or whoever, and that will just add a different flavor to the adventure.”
Between now and the beginning of her collegiate career, Burley will continue to hone her skills in competitions against some of the country’s best archers. At the 2022 USA Junior Archery Development Program Indoor Nationals held in Andover in February, Burley placed 25th in the compound junior women competition.