Lo­cal 4-H marks­men shoot at Jr. Olympics

Record Observer - - Front Page - By JENNIFER SCH­MIDT Spe­cial to Record Ob­server

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Ten mem­bers or alumni of the Queen Anne’s County Marks­man­ship Club re­cently com­peted at the Na­tional Ju­nior Olympic Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships in the ri­fle event. Held April 8 to April 20 at the Olympic Train­ing Cen­ter in Colorado Springs, the event re­quires qual­i­fy­ing scores from highly com­pet­i­tive shoot­ers across the coun­try. This year, 760 shoot­ers com­peted from 49 dif­fer­ent states. Mary­land’s qual­i­fy­ing event was held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Jan­uary of this year.

Qual­i­fy­ing and com­pet­ing in the Men’s events were cur­rent club mem­bers Matt

Dorey in Air Ri­fle, Nick Dorey in Air Ri­fle, and Zach Sch­midt in Air Ri­fle, 3-Po­si­tion Small­bore Ri­fle and the Prone event. Alumni Nash Richard­son with the U.S. Naval Academy Ri­fle Team com­peted in Air Ri­fle; Drew Cheezum and Mark Ma­theny, with the Ohio State Univer­sity Ri­fle Team, and David Sink with the Jack­sonville State Univer­sity (Ala.) Ri­fle team, all com­peted in both Air Ri­fle, 3-Po­si­tion Small­bore Ri­fle and men’s Prone match.

For the women’s events, se­nior Mor­gan Philips qual­i­fied and com­peted in both Air Ri­fle and 3-Po­si­tion Small­bore, while Se­nior Jamie Het­rick and alumni Mekenna Richard­son both com­peted in Air Ri­fle.

The com­pe­ti­tion is also di­vided into 3 cat­e­gories – J3 for ages 12-14, J2 for ages 15-17, and J1 for ages 18-20. Al­though no medals were earned at this match, it is a priv­i­lege to have qual­i­fied and com­pete at the high­est level of ju­nior marks­man­ship.

No­tably, Mor­gan Phillips fin­ished 4th over­all in the women’s 3-po­si­tion small­bore ri­fle event out of 70 com­peti­tors. Alumni Drew Cheezum qual­i­fied in the top 8 men’s fi­nals for both men’s prone and men’s 3-po­si­tion small bore. Nick and Matt Dorey were both first time qual­i­fiers to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. Mark Ma­theny and Drew Cheezum both at­tended for the fi­nal time as they age out of the ju­nior pro­gram this year.

Shoot­ing has been an Olympic event since 1896 and is also rep­re­sented in the win­ter Olympics with the biathlon event. There are 15 events in three dis­ci­plines: shot­gun, ri­fle and pis­tol. The Queen Anne’s County 4-H Marks­man­ship Club was formed in the early 1970s and fol­lows the Olympic-style shoot­ing in the ri­fle dis­ci­pline. The club has about 26 mem­bers.

The Queen Anne’s County 4-H Marks­man­ship Club trains eight times a month, ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening and al­ter­nat­ing Tues­days and Thurs­days, at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park. For more in­for­ma­tion on 4-H shoot­ing sports, call the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Ex­ten­sion Of­fice at 410-758-0166.

PHOTO BY JENNIFER SCH­MIDT

Women’s team, from left: Mor­gan Philips, Jamie Het­rick and Mekenna Richard­son.

PHOTO BY JENNIFER SCH­MIDT

Men’s team, from left: Nick Dorey, Zach Sch­midt, Drew Cheezum, David Sink, Nash Richard­son, Mark Ma­theny and Matt Dorey.

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