National Records Set at CMP 3P Air Rifle Regional Championship
During the 2016 CMP 3P Air Rifle Regional Championship, Levi Carlson, 17, of Nation Ford High School in South Carolina (shown in our heading photo above), set a new Marine Corps sporter National Record for the standing position on the opening day of competition,. His score of 189-6x – narrowly broke the previous record of 188-6x. His team members of Nation Ford also had tremendous showings during the match, recording a Marine Corp and Overall National Record for a four-person sporter team 3×20 score of 2234-85x.
Also making the record books with the collaborated efforts of talented team members in the CMP 3P Air Rifle Regional Championship was Hardcore 4 from Georgia (who finished first, second and third in the finals at the Regional event in Alabama), as they broke a National Record for a Junior Club and Overall National Record for a four-person precision team 3×20 score with 2358-165x.
In the overall individual competition, Emma Thompson (above), 15, of Freeport Black, Illinois, was the overall sporter winner, with a score of 1220.7. She led second place finisher, Brian Hampton, 18, of Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Junior Program, North Carolina, by nearly 10 points with her impressive performance. Hampton, who was last year’s sporter CMP 3P Air Rifle Regional Championship winner, fired an aggregate score of 1212.7 over the weekend. Landing in the third place position was Baylee Boone, 17, of R-S Central High School MCJROTC, North Carolina, with a score of 1207.5.
Sarah Osborn (above), 17, of Patriot Shooting Club of Virginia, fired a score of 1288.5 to claim the overall spot in the precision match – recording perfect scores of 200 in the prone position both days of competition. Following closely at the heels of Osborn in second was Kristen Hemphill, 16, of Texas Hill County Shooting Club, with a score of 1286.8. Sabrina Keenan, 18, of Walla Walla High School JROTC, Washington, rounded out the Top 3 with her score of 1282.1 for third.
The CMP 3P Air Rifle Regional Championship is a 3×20 air rifle event where competitors fire 20 record shots from three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. School-aged marksmen involved in 4H, Scouts, American Legion, club or JROTC air rifle programs all meet on the firing line to determine the best junior marksmen in the nation.
The CMP 3P Air Rifle Regional Championship were held in Sandy, Utah; Camp Perry, Ohio; and Anniston, Ala., in March and April. Leading scorers of all three locations combined (approximately 310 athletes from each air rifle class) will be invited to compete at the CMP 3P National Championship in June at Camp Perry.
Below. Gulfport MCJROTC from Mississippi led the sporter team competition with a combined score of 4438-160x. The talented team also finished in second place overall in the JROTC 3P competition in March.
Leading Overall Regional Teams:
1. Gulfport MCJROTC, MS – 4438-160x
2. Nation Ford High School, SC – 4424-150x
3. Zion Benton Team Gold, IL – 4387-133x
Below. Hardcore 4 from Georgia also had a record-setting appearance at the Regional event – adding a Junior Club and Overall National Record for a four-person precision 3×20 team score to the books. The team also led in the overall precision team competition.
1. Hardcore 4 Stars, GA – 4709-333x
2. Walla Walla High School JROTC, WA – 4677-290x
3. Palmyra Junior Rifle, PA – 4669-309x
To reward the hard work of dedicated junior athletes and coaches, the CMP administers monetary donations towards winning teams of the Regional events ($1,500 for first, $1,200 for second and $800 for third), with additional funds for teams and individuals that continue on to the National level. Scholarship checks for $1,000 are also available for the Top 3 highest-scoring senior athletes in both the sporter and precision classes at the National competition.
Larry and Brenda Potterfield, co-founders of the MidwayUSA Corporation, also again provided generous fund donations to winning teams of the CMP 3P Air Rifle Regional Championship. The funds will be placed in each team’s endowment account with the MidwayUSA Foundation. The MidwayUSA Foundation is a 501c(3) public charity that helps communities and organizations raise funds to support youth shooting teams and activities. The Foundation is an endowment that helps fund team expenses today and into the future.
A full list of results can be found on the CMP Competition tracker page at https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=13916.
Photos from all three Regional Championship locations can be found on http://cmp1.zenfolio.com.
For more information on the CMP National 3P Championship, visit http://thecmp.org/air/national-three-position-air-rifle-championships/.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.