Lo­cal marks­men bring home gold

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CENTREVILLE — Lo­cal marks­men who are ei­ther cur­rent mem­bers or alumni of the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Marks­man­ship Club re­cently com­peted at the USA Shoot­ing Na­tional Ri­fle & Pis­tol Cham­pi­onships at For t Ben­ning, GA.

Cur­rent mem­ber Mor­gan Phillips, who will be shoot­ing for West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­sity this fall, earned Gold in Women’s prone and won the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship ti­tle for both the over­all and ju­nior women’s cat­e­gories. Phillips also had top 15 place­ments in women’s 3 po­si­tion small­bore and women’s air ri­fle events.

Zachary Sch­midt, also a cur­rent mem­ber of the 4-H Marks­man­ship cCub and who will be shoot­ing for Jack­sonville State Uni­ver­sity (AL) this fall, earned Gold in Class B Men’s 3 x 40 small­bore ri­fle. Sch­midt was also named High School All-Amer­i­can in small­bore ri­fle, a qual­i­fi­ca­tion that re­quired a 3.0 or higher GPA and hav­ing top 10 scores in five sanc­tioned 2015-2016 matches.

Alumni Drew Cheezum of Centreville, who com­petes for Ohio State Uni­ver­sity, earned Gold and the ti­tle of Na­tional Ju­nior Men’s Cham­pi­onship in 3 po­si­tion small­bore ri­fle. Cheezum also won Gold for High Col­le­giate score in men’s air ri­fle and sil­ver in Class A men’s air ri­fle.

Fel­low Buck­eye marks­man and Queen Anne’s County 4-H alumni Mark Ma­theny earned Gold for High Col­le­giate score in men’s small­bore prone event.

The Queen Anne’s County 4H Marks­man­ship Club was founded in the early 1970s and prac­tices and com­petes in Olympic-style ri­flery, which has been an Olympic sport since 1896. As of this fall’s fresh­man class, there are to­tal num­ber of eight cur­rent mem­bers or alumni of the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Marks­man­ship club who will be at­tend­ing col­lege on ath­letic scholarships and com­pet­ing on NCAA ri­fle teams. Drew Cheezum – Ohio State Uni­ver­sity (OH) Mark Ma­theny – Ohio State Uni­ver­sity (OH) Mor­gan Phillips – West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­sity (WV) Tyler Ramos – Jack­sonville State Uni­ver­sity (AL) Mekenna Richard­son – Jack­sonville State Uni­ver­sity (AL) Nash Richard­son – United States Naval Academy (MD) Zach Sch­midt – Jack­sonville State Uni­ver­sity (AL) David Sink – Jack­sonville State Uni­ver­sity (AL) For more in­for­ma­tion about the 4-H Marks­man­ship Club, visit https://www.face­book.com/qar­i­fle/ or call the 4H Ex­ten­sion Of­fice at 410-758-0166.

USA SHOOT­ING PHOTO

Mor­gan Phillips earned gold in women’s prone and won the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship ti­tle for both the over­all and ju­nior women’s cat­e­gories.

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Drew Cheezum of Centreville took gold and the ti­tle of Na­tional Ju­nior Men’s Cham­pi­onship in 3 po­si­tion small­bore ri­fle.

USA SHOOT­ING PHOTO

Mor­gan Phillips earned gold in women’s prone and won the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship ti­tle for both the over­all and ju­nior women’s cat­e­gories.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Zachary Sch­midt earned a gold medal in Class B Men’s 3 x 4 small­bore ri­fle at the USA Shoot­ing Na­tional Ri­fle & Pis­tol Cham­pi­onships.

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