Shooting Club Competes At Nationals

CHARLESTON, S.C. April 20, 2011 -- Four New Mexico Tech Shooting Sports Club members and coach Virginia McLemore traveled to Charleston, S.C. April 6-11 to compete in the NRA National Intercollegiate Rifle Club National Championships at The Citadel.

The New Mexico Tech Shooting Club formed a competitive team for the first time this year. The team qualified for nationals earlier in April. Clockwise from front are coach Dr. Ginger McLemore, Camille Bryant, Elizebeth Barteau, David Best and Alex Egerton.
The Tech shooting team members clean their rifles prior to competing in Charleston, S.C. From left are David Best, Camille Bryant, Alex Egerton and Elizabeth Barteau.

The Tech team of Camille Bryant, David Best, Alex Egerton, and Elizabeth Barteau qualified for this national competition in January 2011 at the New Mexico Colligate Sectional Championship.

The competition consists of 20 shots in each of three positions: prone, standing, and kneeling using a precision .22 rifle. Although the team placed tenth out of 10 teams at the national championship, three of the team members shot their best scores and the fourth team member was only 5 points behind his average score. The team score was nearly 200 points higher than the score at the qualifying tournament.

Barteau was the high scorer for the team and placed 12th out of 30 shooters in the individual .22 rifle championship. Three of the team members are freshman shooting in .22 position rifle competition for the first time this year and the fourth is a sophomore with some competition experience. The Tech Shooting Sports Club has provided experience in air rifle and pistol, small bore rifle, and high power rifle for more than 20 years. However, this is the first time the students were interested in competition beyond the club and state level. Not too many colleges are as supportive of the shooting sports as Tech, which provided some of the traveling funds.

Barteau also won Sportswoman of the Year at the annual Sports Club Awards Banquet on Sunday. McLemore nominated Barteau for the award because she championed the effort to form a competitive team and compete in the regional and national events.

New members of the New Mexico Tech Shooting Sports Club are welcome. The club has regular practice at the New Mexico Tech Gym Classroom every Monday at 5 to 7 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

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