MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County High’s Marine Corps Junior ROTC rifle team, which last week qualified to compete in the state high school finals, will chase a national championship beginning today.
The four-cadet team, led by coach Gunnery Sgt. Emmett Bryant, is one of 12 teams that will shoot today and Saturday in the 2010 JROTC National Air Rifle Championships, being held at the Civilian Marksmanship Competition Center South in Anniston, Ala. Teams representing Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy high school JROTC programs qualified last month for the National Championships.
The four-person teams will fire one three-position round today and another on Saturday. The final ranking will be determined by the total of two days’ scores.
Colquitt County will be one of four Marine Corps JROTC teams taking part. The others are from La Cueva High and Eldorado High, both in New Mexico, and Seneca High in Kentucky.
Representing the Navy will be teams from Union Grove and Luella in Georgia, Manzano High in New Mexico and Chugiak High in Arkansas.
The Army JROTC representatives come from Chattahoochee High in Georgia, Siegel High in Tennessee, Marmion Academy in Illinois and Del Valle High in Texas.
The Air Force ROTC program is not represented.
In addition, a number of at-large individuals, not a member of any team that qualified, will compete in the championships.
Colquitt County advanced when it finished third in the nine-team Marine Corps National Championships held in late February at Camp Perry outside Port Clinton, Ohio.
Shooting for Colquitt County will be Caitlin Davis, Erica Soto, Jeffrey Peacock and Richard Boyd.
Davis and Soto each shot a four-round score 1,152 at the Marine Corps National Championships, posting an average of 288 a round.
Peacock shot a 1,132 and Boyd a 1,112.
Davis, Soto, Peacock and Boyd also are members of the rifle team that will represent Colquitt County in the high school state championships on April 3 at Fort Benning.
The Colquitt County High School team has won all 14 of its matches this season and will be one of 14 teams chasing a state championship.
In its state semifinal victory over East Coweta, Colquitt County shot a score of 1,147, the third-highest among the 24 teams that reached the semifinals.