Rain, Sleet, Hail and Snow does not keep Georgia Military College's Rifle Team from travelling to compete! The team traveled to The Citadel, January 22-23, 2016, to compete in The Southeastern Air Rifle Conference. Other teams who traveled to compete in the worst snow storm of 2016 were North Carolina State University, University of North Georgia, Georgia Southern, and GMC. There were two teams shooting from The Citadel.
Georgia Military College shot both guns, small bore and air rifle. According to the rules of NCAA, small bore is shot first followed by air rifle. In the small bore division each shooter shoots a prone, kneeling and standing target. Only ten shots are allowed on the target during competition. If a shooter cannot shoot kneeling due to a knee injury, etc., they must shoot in the standing position with permission from the Range Officer. In the air rifle competition the shooter shoots six targets in the standing position. After their sighting in period, the shooter can only have ten shots on each target. This is the second year GMC has been shooting small bore and the team practices one time a week.
Liliana Reyes was GMC's top shooter with an outstanding 525 in small bore and a great 565 in air rifle. Liliana was a shooter in high school at Baldwin High School in Milledgeville. Cadet Donald Preston, hailing from Dwette, Florida, had a 511 in small bore and a 550 in air rifle. Cadet Thayer Thornton, who joined the team this year, had a 503 in small bore and a 541 in air rifle. He is from Huntsville, Alabama. Cadet Destin Owens of Woodbury, Georgia shot a 483 small bore and a 529 in air rifle. The four man team had a total of 4207.
Other GMC shooters were Sarah Bean of Gray, Georgia with a 481 small bore and a 521 air rifle. Cadet Drae Robinson, from Merritt Island, Florida, with a 481 small bore and 502 air rifle. Cadet Sarah Conners from LaGrange, Georgia, shooting 415 small bore and 520 air rifle. Shooting air rifle for the first time in a SEARC competition was Alex Marroquin with a 470.
North Carolina State University took Team Score with a 4650, followed by University of North Georgia 4559 and Georgia Southern University 4443. The Citadel Men's Team had a 4403 and The Woman's Team had a 4342.
The next Southeastern Air Rifle Match 7 will be held at Wofford University on January 30, 2016.