Above: Zion Benton High School in Illinois fired a score of 4364-129X to earn first overall in the Navy sporter team competition. Howard Norrish (back, second from right) set a new Navy JROTC National Record.
Cadets from Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC programs assembled on the firing lines of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) air ranges in the north, south and west to compete in the 2016 JROTC Regional Service Championships in February. Winners of the Regionals, determined from combined scores of all three locations, will advance to the National Championship in March.
The Regional Service Championships were held in Anniston, AL.; Camp Perry, OH; and Provo, UT. The match is a 3x20 indoor air rifle event where competitors fire 20 record shots from three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. Juniors received invitations to Regionals after earning the top scores in the JROTC Postal Competition—held during the Fall of 2015.
In Army, the Overall Sporter competitor during the Regional event was Angel Nunez, 16, of Trevor G. Browne High School in Arizona, with a score of 1193.8. Sabrina Keenan, 18, of Walla Walla High School in Washington, took the Overall Precision title with her score of 1277.9.
The Marine Corps Overall Sporter individual was Brian Hampton, 18, of Fort Mill High School in South Carolina, with a score of 1213.6. Haley Castillo, 17, of Eldorado High School in New Mexico, was the Overall Precision athlete with an outstanding aggregate score of 1284—the highest precision score out of all four services.
Navy competitor Cassandra Rodriguez, 18, of Parlier High School in California, recorded a score of 1224.2 for first in the Overall Sporter competition. Her score was also the highest of all services in the sporter competition. In precision, Samantha Miller, 16, of Los Alamos High School in New Mexico, fired a score of 1274.5 to become the Overall leader.
Cassandra Rodriguez of Parlier High School in California recorded a score of 1224.2 for first in the Navy Overall Sporter match. She also was the highest sporter competitor over all four services.
Howard Norrish, 18, of Zion Benton High School in Illinois, set a new Navy JROTC National Record with his standing score of 185-6X. Norrish tallied a combined score of 1210.6 to earn second in the sporter competition.
In Air Force, Sean Gray, 17, of Volcano Vista High School in New Mexico, earned the Overall Sporter score of 1166.6, as Casper Schadler, 16, of Battle Ground High School in Washington, recorded a score of 1280.1 for first Overall in the precision match.
Winning teams and individuals from all three Regional Championships will be invited to participate in the JROTC National Championship, scheduled to be held March 17-19 at the CMP South Competition Center in Anniston, AL.