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East Coweta Recaptures Precision Air Rifle Team Title

By | Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps | March 18, 2016


East Coweta Recaptures Precision Air Rifle Team Title at 2016 JROTC National Championship and Marine Corps JROTC Teams swept Sporter Air Rifle Team Competitions.

18  Mar 2016,  PERRY, OH – In precision action during the 2016 JROTC National Championship, Marine Corps teams took first and third place, with East Coweta High School MCJROTC from East Coweta, Georgia earning top honors for the second year in a row.    Recording an overall aggregate score of 4694-307x, the team also set a Marine Corps and Overall National Record for recording a score of 2356-165x.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said East Coweta coach, Maj. Pete Merrill. “Last year we won the National Championship, and I graduated three seniors, so this year was pretty unexpected.”

“It started with great kids, they worked hard, and they stayed together as a team,” he added. “They shot for each other as much as themselves – I’m very proud of them.”

Team members of East Coweta are Cayla McLeod, Tanner Whitehead, Nate Peterson and Jonathan Satterfield.

The Marine Corps MCJROTC also swept the sporter side in team competition – claiming the Top 3 on the podium.  Nation Ford High School in South Carolina led with an outstanding score of 4430-140x. The team also set a Marine Corps JROTC National Record with a 2216-66x aggregate score. Members of the team are Levi Carlson, Marcus Stallings, Morgan Tench, and William Jaeger – coached by Col. Sean Mulcahy.

For their win, the team received a Crosman Challenger Air Rifle, donated by Crosman.

Landing in second place was Gulfport High School in Mississippi with a score of 4386-154x, followed by Des Moines North High School in Iowa, whose members fired a score of 4383-145x for third.

Placing teams also earned monetary awards from the CMP for their stellar performances – $500 for fifth, $750 for fourth, $1,000 for third, $1,500 for second and $2,000 for first. In addition, Larry and Brenda Potterfield, co-founders of the MidwayUSA Corporation, again provided generous fund donations to winning teams of the JROTC 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.

For the entire story By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer go to http://thecmp.org/east-coweta-recaptures-title-at-2016-jrotc-national-championship/