GMC Opens New Rifle Range Facility with a Bang
(Milledgeville, GA) November 19, 2003 – Georgia Military College opened its new indoor rifle facility with a “bang.” The state-of-the-art facility drew more than 60 of the top shooters in the South East Conference. The teams competing on November 8th included, The Citadel, North Carolina State University, Birmingham Southern, Clemson, Georgia Military College, North Georgia College State University, Wofford University, and Mercer University. The Citadel took top honors with a team score of 1,503. The GMC Rifle Team placed 5th out of the 8 teams competing narrowly, out shooting North Georgia College by 20 points.
The top shooter for GMC was Cadet Abel who shot a 369 (out of 400). This was also the highest score a GMC shooter has fired in over five years. Cadet Able missed the finals by one point, which was fired later in the evening. Cadet Lopez finished second with a respectable 357. Cadet Lopez surprised the coaching staff in his first year of college shooting. Coach Crawford expects Lopez to be a dominant force in the upcoming competitions. The third GMC shooter, Cadet Savoka, fired her season best score of 350. This was her first year with the GMC rifle team.
The most impressive day’s performance went to GMC’s Cadet Phillip Griffin, who shot the competition with a cast on his lower leg due to a bone fracture. He overcame this challenging diversity and finished with a score of 313. Coaches Ron Crawford and Fred Eaton were impressed with Phillip’s can do attitude by his ability to step up when the team needed his shooting talents and senior leadership. Cadet Griffin is in his second year with the team and is the Rifle Team Captain.
The next trip for the GMC shooting team will be to Wofford University in Spartanburg South Carolina in January. This team will continue to excel and to represent GMC at the highest level as the season unfolds. Keep an eye out for the hungry GMC Bulldogs.
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