Tech Rifle Team Begins Spring Competitions

SOCORRO, N.M. February 8, 2016 – Smallbore rifle competitors from throughout New Mexico gathered in Albuquerque for a local competition Saturday, Feb. 6. Smallbore rifles are .22 caliber and competitors shoot in the prone position at distances of 50 yds and 100 yds using iron sights.


Tech shooters (left to right) Mark Haase, Vincent Herrera and Troy Vigil.



Tech students shooting air rifle (left to right) Mark Haase, Troy Vigil, Vincent Herrera.


More information can be found at http://arizona-rifleshooting.com/smallbore.htm. The course of fire is the 50 yds (40 shots), 100 yds (40 shots), and Dewar (20 shots at 50 yds, 20 shots at 100 yds), in the prone position, for a total of 1200 points.

In this match, coach Virginia McLemore won, with Troy Vigil coming in third. Four Tech students competed for the first time and included Amanda Montoya, Mark Haase, Sasha Egan, and Vincent Herrera.

Three New Mexico Tech students (Troy Vigil, Mark Haase, Vincent Herrera) traveled back to Albuquerque Sunday, Feb. 7, to compete in the New Mexico Intercollegiate Sectionals. A total of four shooters from two schools competed (UNM and NMT). Each competitor shoots 60 rounds standing in the air rifle event and 20 rounds in each of three positions (prone, standing, kneeling) in the smallbore rifle event, for a total of 60 shots. The air rifle event is at a distance of 10 meters and the smallbore rifle event is at 50 ft. Both events are held at indoor shooting ranges.

Although Cory Miller (UNM) won gold in both individual Air Rifle and Smallbore Rifle in the New Mexico sectionals. Vigil was second in both events. Both Miller and Vigil qualified in both smallbore rifle and air rifle for the National Intercollegiate Club Championships to be held in April at Fort Benning, Ga.

There are two categories of college rifle teams – NCAA and College Club. The two New Mexico schools are classified as club teams since none of New Mexico Schools are NCAA in rifle. The scores from the New Mexico Intercollegiate Sectional Championship will be compared with all other colleges and universities with rifle clubs throughout the country who competed in their area intercollegiate sectional championship to form the National Intercollegiate Sectional Championship. That way each college student can compare their performance with other college students. Thanks to Joel Martin and his staff for hosting the event.

Any New Mexico Tech student that wants to try out for the rifle team can attend practice every Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. in Classroom 1, New Mexico Tech Gym. The team is preparing for several prone rifle championships and the New Mexico Air Rifle Championship and it is not too late to join us. The New Mexico Shooting Sports Club has numerous additional events. Contact club president Troy Vigil (tvigil@nmt.edu), instructor Jim McLemore (jmclemore@prrc.nmt.edu) or coach/faculty sponsor Dr. Virginia McLemore (ginger@gis.nmt.edu) for more information.

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By Virginia McLemore/New Mexico Tech