Eleven Granbury High School rifle team members competed in the 2019 Winter Airgun Championships in Colorado Springs on December 7-8, 2019. The competition also served as the first part of the 2020 Olympic Trials.
Junior M’Leah Lambdin led the Pirates with a two-day score of 1240.4, placing 17th out of 215 competitors in the women’s competition. Her score earned her a silver medal in the J2 Women’s category.
In the men's competition, senior Philip Becker placed 18th out of 146 competitors with a score of 1238.7. Becker also made the junior finals and finished in sixth place among the top eight shooters. His score placed him on the podium in the men’s J2 category with a bronze medal.
“I’m very proud of our cadets. They shot shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in the country and outpaced numerous college shooters," commented Lt. Col. Scott Casey, the Senior Marine Instructor and rifle team coach. “I was very impressed by our freshman team members as they shot very well in their first national-level match. Freshmen standouts Kaylynn Slaughter and Ashton Arlington lead our squad of first-year shooters. With the strength of our incoming freshman class, I’m confident in our abilities to continue to add to our winning record in the years to come.”
Other Pirates competing in the competing in the match were Alexis De La Pena, Tye Foster, Allison Henry, Mason Light, Caroline Martin, Jayden Moorman, and Sunnee Schumann.
The GHS rifle team will be back in the range during the week of December 9 shooting against Rio Salado Sportsman's Club from Mesa, Arizona in the semifinal round of the Orion National Championship League.
Pictured are (left to right) Kaylynn Slaughter, Philip Becker, Caroline Martin, Allison Henry, Alexis De La Pena, Mason Light, Ashton Arlington, Jayden Moorman, Sunnee Schumann, Tye Foster, and M’Leah Lambdin.