ANNISTON, AL & CAMP PERRY, OH – Ariana Grabowski, 17, of Altoona, PA, won the 2012 Gary Anderson Invitational (GAI) precision air rifle class competition and Jacob Cress, 16, of Winthrop Harbor, IL, was the winner of the sporter division in the three-position match held simultaneously at the CMP’s twin marksmanship centers in Alabama and Ohio on 1 December.
Precision and sporter air rifle competitors toe the line at the CMP’s Camp Perry marksmanship center in Ohio on 1 December.
Grabowski qualified with a 60-shot score of 591 and finished with 690.4 aggregate points to outlast Benjamin Estes, 17, of Ozark, MO, who claimed second place with a combined qualification and final score of 687.1. Estes fired the high final score of the precision class (102.1), but came up three points shy of Grabowski.
Marissa Furney, 17, of Columbus, GA, placed third in the precision air rifle class with an aggregate score of 684.2. Ian Foos, 15, of Bellevue, OH, placed fourth with an aggregate score of 683.3 and Colt Gross, 17, of N. Augusta, SC, finished fifth, two-tenths behind Foos, at 683.3.
Shooters at the CMP South marksmanship center in Anniston, Alabama, compete at the same time as their counterparts in Ohio. Final standings reflect the ranking of all shooters at both locations.
The GAI is a 10-meter three-position air rifle event for junior precision and sporter air rifle shooters that consists of three stages of record fire – 20 shots prone, 20 shots kneeling and 20 shots standing, plus a 10-shot final for the top eight finishers in both divisions. The match is fired as both an individual and team match, with team scores accrued by the aggregate scores of four individuals firing under the banner of the same school or club.
This event is named after the former Director of the Civilian Marksmanship, Gary Anderson, whose influence and guidance has significantly impacted the success of three-position air rifle shooting.
Participants in the 2012 Gary Anderson Invitational in Anniston fire their 20-shot prone stage prior to kneeling and offhand (standing) stages.
Anderson earned two Olympic gold medals, seven world championships, six world records and 16 national championships during his career. No other American has won more Olympic and world championship 3P rifle titles. Anderson eventually transitioned from world champion to mentor - authoring, instructing and leading thousands of US shooters, young and old, civilian and military alike down a path of marksmanship, firearms safety and sportsmanship.
In the sporter class, Jacob Cress emerged victorious with an aggregate score of 643.7 after qualifying with a preliminary 60-shot total of 552. Cress fired a 91.7 in the final.
Sarah Sutton, a member of the Ottawa County, Ohio 4-H Shooting Stars concentrates prior to firing a shot in the precision air rifle standing stage.
Alexi Henry, 17, of Batesville, SC, placed second, edging third-place finisher Ragel Ibarra, 17, of Beach Park, IL, by just three-tenths of a point, 641.0 to 640.7. Jacob Stitt, 17, of Augusta, GA, placed fourth with an aggregate total of 639 and Brian Hampton, 15, of Fort Mill, SC, placed fifth with a combined score of 635.7.
The overall top three place-finishing schools or clubs in precision and sporter team competition were awarded cash prizes by the CMP, with $500 going to the first place team and $300 and $200 prizes were awarded to the second and third place clubs or schools, respectively.
In overall precision air rifle team competition, GCS Squares led all teams with a team aggregate score of 2297. Team members are Mary Simonton, 17, of Sharpsburg, GA, (581), Glen Lauzon, 16, of Senoia, GA, (575), Mary Pratt, 15, of Loganville, GA, (572) and Matthew Waters, 17, of Monroe, GA, (569).
GAI competitors fire their kneeling sequence at the CMP Marksmanship Center at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Ozark High School JROTC Precision, of Missouri, captured second place with a team total of 2292. Firing members are Makennon Doran, 18, of Ozark, MO, (579), Shelby Brummett, 17, of Ozark, MO, (574), Robert Broadstreet, 16, of Ozark, (570 and Logan Hunt, 17, also of Ozark (569).
In third place, Magic City Gun Club, of Alabama, fired a team aggregate of 2287, led by top shooter Selina Curren, 16, of Pelham, AL, (580). Joining Curren was Sarah Banks, 16, of Hueytown, AL, who shot a 578, followed by Nathan Williams, 18, of Gardendale, AL, (570) and Breonna Gochee, 14, of Pinson, AL (559).
Zion Benton Team 1 took the top spot in sporter air rifle team competition, scoring an aggregate of 2169. The team was led by Jacob Cress (552), Ragel Ibarra (547), Iran Rodriguez, 16, of Zion, IL, (541) and Tyler Kerbs, 17, also of Zion (529).
Second place went to Daleville High School Army JROTC (2151). Katlyn Bass, 17, was high scorer (542), followed by Juan Escalante, 17, (541), Jared Nabinger, 18 (539) and Christofor Burns, 16, (529), all of Daleville, AL.
Zion Benton Team 2 placed third with a team aggregate of 2124 and was led by Alec Dumyahn, 15, (545), followed by Zachary Dumyahn, 15, (531), Kevin Hamilton, 17, (525) and Justine Hamilton, 15, (523).
Teams were also classified as clubs or scholastic organizations and they placed in the GAI as follows:
Scholastic – Precision Class Ranking
1. Ozark HS Army JROTC
3. Union Grove HS Navy JROTC
5. Allatoona, GA Team 1
6. Upson Lee HS
7. North Augusta HS
8. North Forsyth HS 1
9. Stockbridge HS
10. Brunswick HS Navy JROTC
11. Columbus HS 2
12. Allatoona, GA Team 2
Clubs – Precision Class Ranking
1. GCS Squares
2. Magic City Gun Club Alabama
3. Riverside Shooting Club
4. Blount County Shooting Sports Club
5. Ottawa County Ohio 4-H
6. Luella Precision
7. Cherokee Youth Shooting Club
8. Jefferson Parish 4-H Shooting Sports
9. Appling County 4-H
Scholastic – Sporter Class Ranking
1. Zion Benton Team 1
2. Daleville HS Army JROTC 1
3. Zion Benton Team 2
4. Westside A
5. King George HS VA Navy JROTC
6. R-S Central Marine Corps JROTC A
7. David Crockett HS Team 1
8. Wagener-Salley HS Army JROTC
9. Zion Benton Team 3
10. South Effingham HS
11. Daleville Team 2
12. South Panola HS Air Force JROTC
13. David Crockett HS Team 2
14. Union Grove Navy JROTC A
15. Daleville Team 3
16. Westside B
17. R-S Central Marine Corps JROTC B
18. Western Reserve Academy Team A
19. Cross Creek HS Team 1
20. West Ashley Team One
21. Western Reserve Academy Team B
22. Western Reserve Academy Team C
23. Luella Sporter B
24. Andrews HS Navy JROTC
25. Cross Creek HS Team 2
26. Fairview HS A
Clubs – Sporter Class Ranking
1. Daniel Boone HS
2. GCS Mondays
3. Charlotte Rifle & Pistol Club
4. South Pointe HS
5. Luella Sporter A
6. Fairview HS B
7. GCS Sundays
8. Erie County Conservation League
9. Madisonville North Hopkins
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