JROTC rifle wins national title
The Granbury High School Marine JROTC rifle team won the national title at the Civilian Marksmanship Program JROTC Air Rifle Championships in Anniston, Alabama last weekend.
Phillip Becker, Makenzie Sheffield, Clarissa Layland and Elizabeth Plecity shot a 4,704 out of a possible 4800 points, beating Joshua NJROTC from Texas by 32. Sheffield claimed the national individual title by shooting an aggregate score of 1,287.2. Becker was just shy of Sheffield, finishing in second place individually with a 1,286.4. The two were nearly four points clear of third place.
Layland shot a 1,172, and Plecity added a 1,163.
Granbury’s second team of Allison Henry, M’Leah Lamb-din, Jakob Rankin and Alexis De La Pena finished in third place. Lambdin recorded a personal best at the event with a 1,173 and finished in 11th place, one point out of the top ten.
“I liked the way everyone fought through the match for every point to claim the championship,” said Lt. Col. Scott Casey, the Senior Marine Instructor and rifle team head coach in a press release. “What is just as impressive is our second team placing third overall, and the scores shot by the two youngest shooters on the squad, Lambdin and Dela-Pena.
“They are the future of the team and I can’t wait to see what they will do next year. Hands down this is the most talented squad in the history of the program – I knew we had a special group from top to bottom at the beginning of the season, and they proved that this weekend.”
Competitors shot 20 times from three positions – prone, standing, and kneeling – over two days at the contest.
Over 7,400 shooters participated in the competition, which began in October. Granbury won the Marine division of the JROTC National Service Championships last month to advance to this event.