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Jack Stafurik was the top local epeeist at the Santa Fe Challenge fencing tournament.
The tournament was hosted earlier this month by Santa Fe Prep school and attracted some of the top fencers from New Mexico and neighboring states. The Los Alamos Fencing club sent five of its top fencers to the event.
Stafurik was 14th out of 28 fencers in the senior mixed epee division, beating out LAFC’s coach, Tom Hill, who finished 20th.
Stafurik also finished sixth in the veteran combined epee.
Other competitors from LAFC were Nicolas Voss, Mark Gulley and William Gulley.
Hill said the tournament was a good experience for the younger fencers in the group, particularly Mark Gulley in the Class D and under mixed epee.
“Most beginning fencers have these ‘ah-ha’ tournaments early in their careers when they’re fencing well and suddenly realize that they can go toe-to-toe with the best,” Hill said. “This was Mark’s ‘ah-ha’ tournament. He and son William have been training hard and it gratifying to see their fine finish.”
Mark Gulley finished 11th in the division while William took 15th out of 20 competitors.
Voss had a solid 10th place finish in the cadet (under 17) mixed epee. There were 16 fencers in that division.