National JROTC Championship Results Live on the CMP Website
By Gary Anderson, DCM
Fort Benning, Georgia – -(AmmoLand.com)- 156 JROTC Cadets representing 61 JROTC units from 24 states qualified for the 2009 National JROTC Air Rifle Championship that is currently taking place on Army Marksmanship Unit facilities at Fort Benning, Georgia. The JROTC Nationals take place in early spring and culminate the shooting seasons for Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC Cadets.
Each year, the instructional phase of the JROTC marksmanship program, which typically begins in the fall, involves nearly 2,000 high school JROTC units and more than 50,000 cadets. The competition phase of the program begins in November and December when JROTC units with rifle teams fire in JROTC Postals. This year, a record 6,856 cadets from 1,246 JROTC units participated in those competitions that were administered by the CMP. From there, the top units teams and at-large individual cadets advanced to separate Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC Service Championships that were conducted at the new Marksmanship Center at Camp Perry, Ohio. This year, 530 cadets and 136 unit teams participated in those shoulder-to-shoulder competitions.
The JROTC competition year will now culminate with the 7th National JROTC Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia. The JROTC Nationals offer both team and individual events in both sporter and precision classes. This year’s sporter qualifiers include four Army, four Marine Corps, four Navy and three Air Force teams. The Air Force has not yet ventured into precision class competition, but four unit teams each from the Army, Marine Corps and Navy JROTC programs will compete for precision class honors at Fort Benning.
At-large individual qualifiers are cadets who had high individual scores in the Service Championships, but whose teams did not qualify for the Nationals. 22 at-large qualifiers, six each from the Army, Marine Corps and Navy and four from the Air Force, will compete in sporter class. 18 at-large qualifiers will contend for individual titles in the precision class. The individual sporter and precision class championships at the JROTC Nationals will include all team members plus the at-large individuals.
Ozark High School Army JROTC from Ozark, Missouri, was the top sporter qualifier with a score of 4290. This is one of an series of championships that Ozark High School has won in the last 12 months. The team, coached by 1SG Terrance Thompson, won many Sporter Class Team Championships last year including the 2008 Army JROTC Western Region Championship, the 2008 JROTC National Championship and the 2008 National Junior Olympic Championship. Ozark raised the open national team record twice in the Junior Olympics. That alone is impressive, but what is remarkable about this program is that all of the shooters from the 2008 championship teams have graduated and 1SG Terrance Thompson had to prepare a completely new group of shooters to compete this season.
The second highest sporter team qualifier was LaCueva High School Marine Coprs JROTC #1 from Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a 4288. Other teams that can be expected to challenge for the national title at Fort Benning include King George High School Navy JROTC from King George, Virginia, that qualified at 4263; Oviedo High School Navy JROTC from Oviedo, Florida, that qualified at 4256 and Zion Benton High School Navy JROTC from Zion, Illinois, that qualified at 4253.
The top precision class team qualifier was the winning 2008 National JROTC Precision Team, Union Grove High School Navy JROTC from McDonough, Georgia. Union Grove fired a 4634 in the Navy Service Championship. Other top precision qualifiers were East Coweta High School Marine Corps JROTC, Sharpsburg, Georgia, 4609; Luella High School Navy JROTC, Locust Grove, Georgia, 4597; Del Valle High School Army JROTC, El Paso, Texas, 4594; and LaCueva High School JROTC, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 4593.
At Fort Benning, teams fired one 4x3x20 course of fire yesterday and a second 4x3x20 course today. All team firing is scheduled to finish at 3:00 PM today. Persons who are following the competition results on the CMP web site should be able to view final team results at http://clubs.odcmp.com/cgi-bin/report_matchResult.cgi?matchID=4559 at that time.
The CMP is providing $11,000 in cash awards to the winning teams. The overall winning precision and sporter teams receive $2,000 each. The top sporter and precision teams representing each service will receive $1,000 each.
The top individual sporter class scores in the Service Championships were a 1206.1 aggregate fired by Xentri Garza of R.L. Paschal High School Army JROTC, Texas. Dustyn Ruble of Alhambra High School Army JROTC, Arizona followed with a 1192.9 and Adam Sloan of Sapulpa High School Marine Corps JROTC, Oklahoma.
The best precision class Service Championship scores were a 1277.4 total fired by David Hall of Daleville High School Army JROTC, Alabama. Seneca High School Marine Corps JROTC, Kentucky cadets Karina Schmidt and Alivia Yeager followed with a 1272.1 and 1270.1 respectively.
To determine the National JROTC individual championships at Fort Benning, there will be an individual final on each day of competition. The top eight individuals in each rifle class on Friday fired a final. The top eight individual competitors in each class today will fire a second final with the precision final starting at 3:30 PM and the sporter final at 4:15.
Anyone who would like to view these finals on-line as they are fired shot-by-shot can do so by logging onto the results page at clubs.odcmp.com and then opening the page for the Individual Sporter or Precision Class Final. Final round competitions can be especially interesting when the scores are close and individual places change after each shot.
Congratulations is extended to every JROTC unit team and at-large individual that qualified for the 2009 National JROTC Air Rifle Championship at Fort Benning. The complete list of qualifiers plus other championship information is posted at www.odcmp.com/3P/JROTCNationalQualifiers.pdf.
Good luck at Fort Benning!