The Precision Class National Championship was held July 10-12 at the Gary Anderson CMP Center of Competition in Camp Perry, Ohio. Two matches, the WCC and the National Junior Olympic Precision Three Position Championship, were held and saw over 250 athletes vying for the Championship titles.
For the Junior Olympic Championship, the Georgia Mavericks took first place on the podium after a strong performance with a team score of 2361-172x. His team consisted of Susan Carter, Abigail Swain, Danjela Jordan DeJesus, and Madison Kennedy and led by David Hanson.
In second place was Texas Hill Country with a final score of 2357-150x and completing the podium was American Legion Post 295 Ohio with a team score of 2354-163x.
In the individual category for the Junior Olympics, Jack Ogoreuc, of the Oil City Jr. Rifle Team (Pennsylvania) obtained the title of champion. After a thrilling final, he edged out Mackenzie Larson of the X-Caliber Junior Shooting Association (Wyoming), who placed second in the Final shooting a 467 to Ogoreuc’s 467.7. Larson qualified in first place with an impressive 599-55x. Larson holds the national 3P precision air rifle record with a 599-57x which he set in April. After a good fight in the finale, Griffin Lake of the Ontelaunee Junior Rifle (Pennsylvania) finished in third place.
Two spots on the National Future Team were on the line during this match. An aggregate of the Junior Olympic and CMP National Championships plus the athlete’s best finish was used to determine the Junior National Team places. These spots went to Larson and Ogourec. Earning a spot on the National Team of the Future is an incredible honor. Congratulations to both athletes!
At the CMP 3P National Precision Championship, Larson came out on top after another impressive qualifying score of 598-55x and an impressive final score of 470.1. In second place was Hailey Singleton, of American Legion Post 295 Ohio, and in third was Ziva Swick, of Palmyra Junior Rifle Team Pennsylvania. The top three athletes received $1000 from the CMP.
In the team competition, Lafayette Gun Club of Virginia placed first with a score of 2358-168x and received a check for $4000 from the CMP. Team members were Brandon Evans, Matthew Stout, Maria Koenig, and Victoria Koenig. The team is led by Jason Stout. The second place team was awarded to Central Illinois Precision Shooting with a score of 2355-170x. They were awarded $3000 from the CMP. Placing third by just one center shot was the Texas Hill Country Shooters who had a team score of 2355-169. The CMP presented them with a check for $2,000.
The High Scholastic team was the Sarasota Military Academy of Florida. Team members were Gabrielle Ayers, Mallory Edwards, Emrie Fast-Clarke, and Jagrieliz Irizarry. The team’s coach was Riess Pellegrino.
Each year, the CMP awards additional scholarships to the top three graduating seniors. This year’s winners were Griffin Lake, Brandon Evans and Katrina Demerle. These scholarships can be used for college tuition or a vocational school.
Twenty-one athletes received their Distinguished Junior Badges, with thirteen shooters earning them during the Precision Championships. Earning a distinguished badge is an incredible honor, one that takes years of hard work and dedication to the sport. Learn more about the Junior Distinguished Badge program by visiting https://thecmp.org/youth/junior-distinguished-badge/.
Full results from the WCC and Youth Olympic Championships can be viewed at https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&tab=results&match=24984. Photos can be viewed at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f313385703.
We hope to kick off the 2023-2024 CMP Air Rifle Postal Matches this fall!
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearms safety and marksmanship training and the promotion of marksmanship competition for United States citizens. To learn more about the CMP and its programs, log on to www.TheCMP.org.