2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Five-Day Team Matches
(Based on Preliminary Scores)
Your Correspondents in the Field
Joe Graf and Hap Rocketto
The final day of the2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships featured a trio of fired matches and an unfired team aggregate.
The Black Hawk Ladies, Michelle Bohren, Michele Makucevich, Nancy Tompkins, and Ginger McLemore-coached by Dani Makucevich, burst from the starting gate, shooting a 1599-115X to win the Metallic Sight Title. The bested the Army by a point which was critical as the AMU had a 16 point advantage in the X column. The Black Hawk Chiefs were in third shooting a 1597-117X.
The Ladies did not slacken and posted a 1600-131X, the only clean of the day, to take the Any Sight Title as well as set a new National Record for women over the Dewar Course. They bested a 38 year old standard by 16 Xs. The Black Hawk Chiefs fired a 1599-129X for second while the Black Hawk Veterans, all former service men, came in third with a 1598-121X.
As would be expected the Black Hawk Ladies also won the Team Aggregate Championship with a 3199-246X. The Black Hawk Chiefs, 3196-246X was second followed by Murray State, a team made up of the college’s alumni.
Mentor Morgen Dietrich teamed up with mentee Eric Hazelton to win the Randle Mentor Match.
With the conclusion of the popular senior junior match the firing at the 2017 Championships ended. Later that evening the competitors enjoyed a family style dinner and awards ceremony. It was highlighted by an extensive awards table full of shooting paraphernalia and ammunition, at which each competitor got a chance to pick a prize based on the order of finishing.