Tech Rifle Teams Wins State Collegiate Championship

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. February 7, 2013 – Six New Mexico Tech Shooting Sports Club members competed in the 2013 New Mexico Intercollegiate Rifle Championships in Albuquerque on Sunday, February 3.

The state champion shooting team includes (not in order) David Best, Brian Sun, Patrick Ward, Frank Austin Mier, Jean Paul Chavuel and Drew Krause won the team competition. 
David Best, Brian Sun, Patrick Ward, Frank Austin Mier, Jean Paul Chavuel and Drew Krause won the team competition.

The Intercollegiate Rifle Championships consist of both four-person teams and individual events in both air rifle and .22 rifle. Two shooters from New Mexico State University, one from Central New Mexico Community College and four from New Mexico Military Institute also competed. Only two teams, Tech and NMMI competed in .22 rifle. Tech was the only air rifle team. The scores from the New Mexico championship will be combined with scores from colleges with rifle clubs all over the country to determine the best collegiate individual and team rifle shooters!

The .22 rifle competition consists of 20 shots in each of three positions: prone, standing, and kneeling using a precision .22 rifle at 50 feet and the air rifle competition consists of 60 shots standing at 10 meters. Kaitlyn Gorman and Sarah Martin of NMSU placed 1st and 3rd in .22 rifle, while Cory Miller of CNM was second. Gorman and Miller were 1st and 2nd in the .22 rifle event.

Tech team member Patrick Ward was the high scorer for the Tech team in both events, placing third in .22 rifle and fourth in air rifle. David Best tied Ward in air rifle, but the tie breaker gave Best fifth place. Brian Sun was fifth in .22 rifle.

Three of the New Mexico Tech team members are freshman shooting in rifle competition for the very first time this year and one member is a junior also shooting in his first competition. The three returning members (Best, Sun and Ward) each shot better than last year in both events. The tech Team is preparing for March Madness — a series of weekend .22 prone rifle matches in February and March in Phoenix.

The Tech Shooting Sports club has provided experience in air rifle and pistol, .22 rifle, and high power rifle for more than 20 years. This year the New Mexico Tech Shooting Sports Club received grants from the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the American Firearms and Shooting Sports Foundation, which were used to upgrade the team’s equipment. The Civilian Marksmanship Program also provided a grant for the October rifle clinic that the club hosted at Capitan, N.M.

Tech and the Socorro Gun Club also sponsor the rifle team with equipment and travel funding. The team is currently conducting a fundraiser drawing for the Midway Legacy Rifle Set, donated by the Midway Foundation. Many thanks to the event sponsors!!!

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

By Virginia T. McLemore/ Tech Rifle Team Coach