WYOMING, MICHIGAN – The Grand Valley State University Rifle Club participated in the 11th Annual International University Air Rifle Match in early November. The match was a postal match. A postal match is a competition in which competitors fire separately on their home ranges and exchange scores. The match consisted of 40 total shots fired from the standing position at 10 meters. In total, Lakers made up eight of the 32 individual entries and two of the eight-team entries. Competitors hailed from multiple states and Switzerland.
Cassie Coulston-Gerigk (Wayne, Michigan) led all Lakers with a score of 374 (out of 400). She posted target scores of 96 (out of 100), 95, 92, and 91. Her efforts resulted in a first-place finish overall. Coulston-Gerigk finished second in 2020 with a score of 368. The Lakers landed two others in the top 10; Alexander Straith (West Bloomfield, Michigan) was second with 360 and Kathryn Karas (Carleton, Michigan) was fifth with 352.
The afore mentioned athletes were joined by Tristian Bruizeman (West Olive, Michigan in posting a team score of 1415 (out of 1600). The score was best among all entries for the third consecutive season. Conference rival, Georgia Military College finished in second, 30 points behind.
A second Laker team, comprised of John Martin (Holly, Michigan), Jacob Schorr (East Grand Rapids, Michigan), Joseph Martin (South Bend, Indiana), and Mahmoud Salih (Caledonia, Michigan) was fifth overall with a score of 1201.
The mission of the GVSU Rifle & Pistol Club is to provide all students with the opportunity to participate in shooting sports, with an emphasis in three-position smallbore rifle, international air rifle, and air pistol. Regardless of skill or ability, all members can have a safe and enjoyable time interacting with fellow students and engaging in marksmanship. All equipment is provided, including guns, ammunition, and targets. The club meets Tuesdays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Thursdays 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM during the school year at the Grand Rapids Rifle & Pistol Club (1331 Nagel Ave SW, Wyoming). Practice attendance is not mandatory to be a member of the club; however, regular practice attendance is expected.
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