Nation Ford, Hardcore 4 Set National Records at CMP 3P Air Rifle Regional Championship
April 14, 2016Civilian Marksmanship Program▸The First Shot▸Nation Ford, Hardcore 4 Set National Records at CMP 3P Air Rifle Regional Championship
By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
During the CMP Three Position (3P) Regional Championship, Levi Carlson, 17, of Nation Ford High School in South Carolina, set a new Marine Corp sporter National Record for the standing position on the opening day of competition, with a score of 189-6x – narrowly breaking 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 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, 15, of Freeport Black, Illinois, was the overall sporter competitor, 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 Regional champion, 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, 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 3PAR 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 Regional Championships 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.
Leading Overall Regional Teams:
- Gulfport MCJROTC, MS – 4438-160x
- Nation Ford High School, SC – 4424-150x
- Zion Benton Team Gold, IL – 4387-133x
- Hardcore 4 Stars, GA – 4709-333x
- Walla Walla High School JROTC, WA – 4677-290x
- 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 Regional Championships. 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.