Harvey ranked 14th nationally

RIO RANCHO, N.M. -- A Rio Rancho teenager is the alternate for the women's U.S. archery team at the Olympics in Greece in August.

Kendra Harvey, who turned 16 two weeks ago, won the spot in Saturday's competition in Cincinnati. As the alternate, she will go to Greece if one of the top three archers is physically unable to compete.

"I'm really proud of what I was able to do," the home-schooled teenager said by telephone from the competition. "It still hasn't hit me yet. It probably won't hit me until I get home. But it definitely sends a chill up my spine."

Her Dallas-based coach, Bob Romero, said, "We're all just shocked. It's not something that happens every day."

Harvey, who is ranked 14th nationally by USA Archery, remained in Cincinnati for three days of intensive training camp alongside her Olympic teammates.

Jennifer Nichols of Cheyenne, Wyo., the top-ranked female archer in the country, finished first in the women's trials, followed by Stephanie Arnold of Illinois and two-time Olympian Janet Dykman from El Monte, Calif.

"We've been watching Kendra; she's an integral part of the junior program," said U.S. Olympic coach Sheri Rhodes. "She's been working her way up the ladder, and it's nice to see her make a commitment to the Olympic Trials and the senior program."

Harvey is already qualified for next month's Junior World Championships in England, will join her Olympic teammates at the Turkey Grand Prix the week before the Junior Worlds.

The Olympic archery competition starts Aug. 15 in Athens.