PHONEIX, Ariz. March 29, 2011 -- Three New Mexico Tech Shooting Sports Club members and their coach traveled to Phoenix on March 25 to 27 to compete in the Arizona State Prone Smallbore Rifle Championship.

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Camille Bryant receiving her trophy for High Junior from Jack Arnold, match director.

Alex Egerton (black hat) and David Best (blue hat) compete in the Arizona state championship March 27.

Camille Bryant, David Best and Brian Sun and coach Virginia McLemore participated, with Bryant winning the High Junior Trophy.

Twenty shooters of all ages (16-70) from Arizona, Minnesota, Michigan, and New Mexico competed in the two-day state championship. The competition consists of four matches per day at distances of 50 yards, 100 yards, and 50 meters (400 shots each), for a total of 1,600 points each day, using a .22 rifle in the prone position.

The state champion is determined by the aggregate of all eight matches over the two days. The competitors are classified according their ability as determined by scores from previous matches. The four classifications are master, expert, sharpshooter, and marksman. In order to be classified as a master shooter, the competitor must average 99.5 percent; an expert 98.5-99.49 percent, sharpshooter 96.5-98.49 percent, and marksman below 96.5 percent.

At the end of the first day, Bryant was third in the Marksman class, followed by Best and Sun. McLemore was second overall and the first master. The winds started blowing Sunday, but that did not trouble Bryant, Best or Sun who shot better scores than the first day.

For the two day aggregate, Bryant won the High Junior Trophy with a 2,990 out of 3,200 possible score — an impressive score for a shooter who has only been shooting since November 2010, and with this being her third official match. Best was not far behind with a 2,915 and was fourth Marksman. This was Brian Sun’s very first match and was fifth Marksman.

McLemore was second overall and High Master with a total score of 3,189. She was out shot by Richard Layton, a student at Arizona State University, who is the Arizona State champion and scored 3,192. For more pictures and scores see the blog at

The New Mexico Tech Shooting Sports Club is now preparing for the New Mexico State Air Rifle Championship April 1 to 3. Contact McLemore for more information at

Four members of the club (Bryant, Best, Alex Egerton and Elizabeth Barteau) and McLemore will be traveling to NRA National Intercollegiate Championships at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. The team qualified for this national competition with the scores shot in January 2011 at the New Mexico Colligate Sectional Championship.

New members of the New Mexico Tech Shooting Sports Club are welcome. The club has regular practice at the New Mexico Tech Gym Classroom every Monday at 5-7 PM during the fall and spring semesters. The club also has regular highpower rifle matches in addition to smallbore rifle and air rifle.

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