Posted on Nov. 19 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications DirectorOnce again the Giant Rifles from Marion High School JROTC put their skills to use, destroying the cadets from Blackford High School in the Annual Cross-County JROTC Shoot-Off, held at Blackford. Sweeping all position categories, the MHS marksmen secured the coveted traveling trophy for another year.
MHS JROTC cadets Kayleigh Smith, Daniel Sparks, Abbrielle Sells, Ruben Murillo and Lee Hatten, the Rifle Marksman Team, display their trophy and medals following their stunning victory over the cadets from Blackford High School.
Notable finishes include Kayleigh Smith (sophomore) winning the prone position; Daniel Sparks (senior) winning the kneeling position; and Abbrielle Sells (junior) winning the standing position and overall match high score.
Other members competing for the Giants were seniors Ruben Murillo and Lee Hatten.
“I was so excited when they called my name for winning a position,” said Smith, who also scored an overall personal best in the competition. “I was really concentrating during this match.”
It was an exciting match between the Giants’ team members who vied for top recognition. Smith and Sparks initially tied at 95 out of 100 possible points in the prone position. To break the tie the judges compared the number of bullseyes, but both had earned five. So scores were compared in the standing position, which is the most difficult of the three. Smith edged out Sparks by just one point, thus earning her first marksmanship competition medal.
“The cadets really shot well,” said team coach Lt. Col (Ret.) David Farlow, MHS senior Army instructor. “The team members are really developing nicely, and were on target. I hope they can continue to improve and maintain their intensity for the rest of the season.”
The Rifle Team travels to Anderson on Friday for the Anderson High School (Navy JROTC) Rifle Invitational.