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Franklin County High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC recently participated in the national qualifications and came out with history-making results. Above, the team practices for the competition.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
This year's Franklin County High School Air Force Junior ROTC marksmanship teams are following in the history-making footsteps of last year's teams.
The results of their national qualifications were released recently and "I am happy to say we made history again," said marksmanship coach Lt. Col. (Ret.) Tracey Carter.
"We qualified our new precision team and three sporter teams."
This marks the first year that Franklin County has entered a precision team and, on what is their first year in competition, the team is already ranked second in the nation. The precision team found themselves up against over 100 nationally ranked teams of over 8,000 shooters, Carter said.
Franklin County also has three sporter teams that are nationally ranked. It is the fourth year that Franklin County has had sporter teams.
Sporter team one is ranked fourth in the nation. Sporter team two is ranked 12th and sporter team three is ranked 18th.
Carter said the teams will head north in February to Port Clinton, Ohio to compete in the north region championship at the Civilian Marksmanship Program's Olympic range.
"Going into the north region, both the precision and sporter team one are ranked first in the region and are slated to win the championship," Carter said.
The win would qualify both teams for the All Service National Championship to be held in Alabama in March 2014.
Sporter team two is ranked third going into the north region championship and sporter team three is ranked fifth in the region.
"We have four teams and 19 shooters," said Carter. "Every member of our team qualified and they are all nationally ranked. This is historic."
Last year, the marksmanship team won four national championships.
"Our goal for this year is to win and/or place in both categories, precision and sporter," said Carter.
The teams are on winter break and will resume their practices upon their return to school in January.