WYOMING, MICHIGAN – The GVSU Rifle & Pistol Club competed in a NRA Intercollegiate Indoor Metric Position Smallbore Rifle Sectional, Precision Air Rifle Standing Sectional, and Air Pistol Sectional on January 29th at the Grand Rapids Rifle and Pistol Club. Each match consisted of 60 shots. The smallbore match is fired in the prone, standing, and kneeling positions. The air rifle match is fired from the standing position. Finally, the air pistol match is fired one-handed in the standing position. Each discipline also has a four-person team event also.
In the smallbore event, Alexander Straith (West Bloomfield, Michigan) led all shooters. He shot a 544 (out of 600). He was the top shooter in the kneeling position, earned 184 points (out of 200). Katheryn Karas (Carleton, Michigan) finished in second place with a 541. She was the top prone shooter with 193 points. Cassie Coulston-Gerigk (Wayne, Michigan) posted a 538 for third place. Her score of 174 in standing was best among all entries. Tristan Bruizeman (West Olive, Michigan) finished in fifth place with a respectful 501. Together, the foursome posted a team score of 2124-36x.
Air rifle saw three familiar names at the top of the leader board, just in a different order. Coulston-Gerigk shot a 563 for first place. Straith was second with a 556. Both had a top target of 97 (out of 100) best among all competitors. Karas shot a 535 for third. John Martin (Holly, Michigan) shot a 479 for fifth. The four combined to shoot a 2133 team score.
The air pistol team, which is in its inaugural season, finished with a score of 1724. The team was led by Martin, who shot a 474, and Bruizeman, who contributed a score of 462. Coulston-Gerigk and Karas were the other firing members.
Historically, the sectionals serve as a qualifier for the NRA Intercollegiate Club Championships; however, the third consecutive season the matches have been cancelled.
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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