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JROTC Rifle Team wins multi-state championship

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team demonstrated they are clearly the best Precision Division team within the five states comprising the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 7th Brigade. Not only did the team win the 7th Brigade Marksmanship Championship, but the Giants also produced the first, second, fifth, and sixth best shooters.



The Marion High School JROTC Precision Marksmanship Team stands with their first-place trophy from the U.S. Army’s 7th Brigade Championship at Ft. Knox, Kentucky in March 2019. Team members included Hailey Teeguarden (front) who was also the match’s top shooter, and (back row) Levi Hofmann, sixth place, Josiah Hamilton, second place, and Abigail Baird, fifth place. The 7th Brigade has 250 JROTC programs from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. 


The Marion marksmen soundly defeated all others recently at Fort Knox, Ky., to become the top Precision Division rifle team from within the 250 JROTC programs in the 7th Brigade Cadet Command Brigade, which includes the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. 

Marion senior Hailey Teeguarden was the match’s top shooter with an impressive score of 290 out of a possible 300. She was joined by Josiah Hamilton (junior) who placed second with a 278, Abigail Baird (junior) with a personal high score of 275, and Levi Hofmann (junior) who also scored a 275. Cadet Baird beat teammate Hofmann by one bulls-eye to capture the fifth place finish.

The Giants beat their next closest competitors by 61 points.

“I really wanted to shoot my best in this match,” Teeguarden said. “This was an important match for us, and the entire team shot very well.”



Abigail Biard, Levi Hoffman, Hailey Teeguarden, and Josiah Hamilton mug for the camera at the 7th Brigade Championship in Fort Knox, Ky.
 

This was the first time the Marion team has ever won the 7th Brigade Championship. This is also the first year the Giants have moved up from the Sporter classification into the Precision category.

“I have to admit I am really surprised at how well the cadets have adapted to shooting in the higher category of Precision,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s head coach and senior Army instructor for Marion High School JROTC. “It really speaks well of their hard work and dedication to learn the new discipline.”

The precision category is the same level in which collegiate athletes and Olympians compete. It is the top tier within the air rifle competitive categories.

The Giants have three remaining matches, including the Indiana American Legion’s State Championship, which they easily won last year.

Looking toward next year, Farlow said: “I am really excited about the prospects for this team, given we are only going to lose Teeguarden through graduation. Those three juniors, coupled with several sophomores and freshmen on our B Team, have the makings of an even stronger team.”