|FCHS team is ranked number one in Air Force|
Four members of Franklin County High School’s marksmanship team placed in the top eight in the nation. They are, from left, Cody Ashby in sixth place, Mike Barton in fifth place, Carter Santrock in first place and Jonathan Gove in second place. They are joined by head coach Lt. Col. Tracey Carter (Ret.).
Monday, February 25, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Franklin County High School's Air Force Junior ROTC marksmanship team has taken the number one spot in the nation at the U.S. Air Force National Marksmanship Competition and now holds the title of 2013 Air Force National Champions.
"I am excited to say that our marksmanship team rocked the marksmanship world," said Lt. Col. Tracey Carter (Ret.), the team's head coach.
The competition was held last week at an Olympic range in Anniston, Ala.
The team took first place in the Air Force Regional Championship, out of 15 competing teams, setting a new Air Force national record for 2 by 30 Sporter Class by shooting a score of 2192 and 69 bullseyes.
The 13 team members who qualified to shoot in the competition include Cody Ashby, Tyler Phaup, Michael Barton, Carter Santrock, Jonathan Gove, Mattie Green, Dwayne Goad, Brandon Perdue, Sierra Czap, Sydney Brown, Christopher Cesternino, Sydney Wood and Brittany Carter.
Team member Carter Santrock broke the individual 2 by 30 sporter class record with a score of 557 and 19 bullseyes.
Also, Santrock and Ashby received the Junior Distinguished Shooting Award, a prestigious National Medal.
"Only 548 of those awards have been given out in the history of the program," said Carter.
Four shooters placed in the top eight -- Santrock in first place, Gove in second, Barton in fifth and Ashby in sixth.
"All 13 shooters did great, and are now nationally ranked," said Carter.
Going into next month's All-Service Nationals, the team is currently ranked number two in the nation, behind Killeen Texas Army ROTC.
The All Service Nationals will include teams from the Army, Navy and Marines.
"We are pretty excited," said Carter. "This is huge! I knew we had an excellent shot based on our high round scores."