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The Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team took first place for Navy in the National JROTC Championships last week at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Shooters Tessa Snyder, Noah Marriott, David Murphy and JoAnna O’Neill, along with their coach Lieutenant Commander Wes Shumaker placed ninth overall in the three-day event.
On the first day, the team checked in and practiced. The following two days were record fire with a 3 x 20 (20 shots record fire in the prone, standing and kneeling positions).
After the first practice session, it was determined that the rifle belonging to Snyder needed a rebuild as the air seals were wearing out. The rifle was brought to the firing line the next morning just as the preparation for the first day record firing period began.
Snyder shot a 580 the first day and followed up with a 581 the second day for the team high scorer with overall score of 1161.
After the first day, the team trailed the high Navy team by a few points. Los Alamos picked up the pace on day two and finished as the high Navy team and ninth overall. Marriott hit the groove with a personal best 579 on day two and an 1,149 total, followed closely by O’Neill with an 1,148. With Murphy improving on day two for an 1,128 total, the team pulled ahead of New Albany, Ind., to take over the high Navy team position.
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