The Gulfport High School Marine Corps JROTC team finished first at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Three Position Air Rifle National Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio.
GHS rifle teams have placed in national competitions in previous years, but this is the program’s first U.S. title.
The championships held Monday and Tuesday brought together 31 of the nation’s best scholastic and club air rifle teams. To qualify, teams must first shoot a postal match and then shoot well enough in the regionals to make it to the championship round.
Gulfport finished first in the regionals, shooting a record-setting two-day total. Rebecca Cook medalled both days, taking third on the first day and fifth on the second day.
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Katy Nevins earned a bronze medal when she finished third in her age group. Jillian Tyler had the highest standing score for the match. Also shooting on the veteran team was Gabrielle Phelps.
Gulfport High’s Team 2 competed with Hunter Burnett, Taylor Saulters, Taylor Gautier, Mackala Bourgeois and Sarah Pierotich.
Senior Marine Corps JROTC instructor Lt. Col. John Owens is the team’s coach.