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FCHS cadet sets two Air Force national records
Marksman Sierra Czap is ranked second in the nation
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Courtesy Photo: Sierra Czap recently broke two Air Force marksmanship records at the Lafayette Gun Club CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) Sanction Match in Grafton.

Friday, June 6, 2014

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Rising Franklin County High School senior Sierra Czap recently set two Air Force national records while competing in the Lafayette Gun Club CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) Sanction Match in Grafton.

She has been chosen to go to Colorado Springs to shoot at the Olympic training range in August.

Czap is a member of FCHS's Air Force Junior ROTC precision team, which showed great promise last school year, the first year FCHS entered a precision team.

The precision team and all three sporter teams were JROTC North Region Champions after competing in the match in February at the CMP Olympic training range in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Members of the precision team include Czap, who is ranked second in the nation, Carter Santrock (third), Cody Ashby (fourth) and Johnathan Gove (eighth).

In Grafton, Czap broke the 3-by-20 overall record with a score of 596 out of 600 with 48 bulls.

She also broke the standing record with a 197 out of 200 with 13 bulls.

Marksmanship coach Lt. Col. (Ret.) Tracey Carter said Czap broke the records firing a small caliber 22 air rifle.

"She has only been shooting that rifle for eight months," Carter said. "College coaches have been real impressed with our teams."

Fellow marksman Carter Santrock is also being eyed by colleges.

Czap and Santrock, both rising seniors at FCHS, are "shooting really good scores," said Carter, "higher than some of the college students are shooting. We're trying to get them (Czap and Santrock) ready for universities to start recruiting them. Our goal next year is to get them into college and to get all of our teams into the top 10 in the nation."

Czap has also received her Distinguished Shooting medal at the CMP regionals.

"Only 740 of these medals have been given in the history of the program," said Carter. "She is the fifth one from Franklin County to get it in the past four years."

FCHS's precision and sporter teams will compete in the CMP nationals at the end of the month.

 
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