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Seventeen year old Taylor Gibson of Oregon’s North Salem Vikings Army JROTC, returned to the JROTC 3-P Air Rifle National Championship at Camp Perry in March with an abundance of aspirations in her mind—ready to defend the precision title she earned last year and repeat her record-setting performance.

In 2017, Gibson fired a new Army JROTC National Record 3x20 score of 597-48X. This year, she came only one center shot away from tying that score on the last day of qualifying competition. With only the finals left to fire in her 2018 showing, she set her sights on a new goal—an overall score of 700 for the day.

After starting out a little shaky in the final with two nine shots, she picked herself up and fired seven straight pellets through the black—ending just shy of her goal with a score of 699.9.  “I was really striving to get that 700,” she said. “It was still really exciting and still super fun—but I was so close! Next year, I’ll do it.”

Her overall two-day aggregate score of 1293.1 was enough to surpass her peers by more than 10 points—giving her the championship title for the second year in a row. 

Taylor Gibson (left) and Emma Thompson also both won the American Legion National Championship in 2016.

Winning the 2018 sporter individual competition was 17 year old Emma Thompson of Freeport High School Navy JROTC from Illinois. A senior, Thompson was primed to win the event after suffering a bad cold at last year’s JROTC Nationals and landing just short of victory in the second place spot.

This year, Thompson secured a comfortable lead early in the competition and maintained her confidence throughout—claiming the championship title by a margin of more than 20 points above her competitors.

“I just tried to make it fun, make it strong—I came back prepared,” said Thompson. “I finished pretty well, in my average, and that’s all I can ask for my senior year. So, I think it went really well.”

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The 2017 National JROTC Championship was held at the CMP Competition Center located in Anniston, Alabama on March 23-25.  Participating teams and 220 individuals in the sporter and precision classes fired two 3x20 three-position air rifle courses of fire that counted for team and individual rankings. Finals for the top eight individuals in each class were held each day.


National JROTC Individual Precision Championship (79 Competitors)

Taylor Gibson set a new Army JROTC National Record with a 3×20 score of 597-48x on Day one, and went on to win first place. Ashley Stacey earned second place, and set a new Air Force Finals National Record with an impressive 104.1  Haley Castillo took third on her Final scores.  (The difference between second and fifth place was less than two points.)

Picture above of Taylor Gibson from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.


National JROTC Precision Team Championship (16 Teams)

The Eldorado High School JROTC Air Rifle Team from New Mexico won the National Precision Team Championship. They topped second place John Marshall by 55 points. In third place was La Cueva High School MCJROTC only three points back.

The Eldorado High School JROTC Air Rifle team picture is from Albuquerque Public Schools.


National JROTC Individual Sporter Championship (141 Competitors)

While Navy JROTC competitors claimed four of the top six Sporter Individual places, it was Levi Carlson with Nation Ford Marine Corps JROTC who claimed first place with a 1223.3 Emma Thompson placed 2nd with 1220.5 and Jaycie Hoenig rounded out the top three with a 1214.1


National JROTC Sporter Team Championship (28 Teams)

The Sporter team competition was also very close, with the difference between 2nd and 5th place only five points. 

The Turlock HS Navy JROTC team from CA placed first with a total of 4376-134. Freeport HS from IL placed second with 4371-148 on the strength of their Standing scores. Gulfport MCJROTC edged out Nation Ford HS from IL for third place on x-count tie breaker with 4370-152


The picture of the Turlock HS Navy JROTC Rifle Team is from the Turlock Journal


Full match results are available on the CMP Competition Tracker

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