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The Air Force Junior ROTC squad competed against 27 other teams.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The coach said an apparent case of jitters left the air-rifle marksmanship team from Franklin County High School in 11th place after the first round of competition Friday in a national championship in Anniston, Ala.
But the team bounced back in a big way Saturday and finished fourth out of 28 teams, said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Tracey Carter .
“They are the first Air Force team to place nationally in the history of the program,” Carter said.
Six members of the high school’s U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps marksmanship team traveled to Alabama last week to participate in the National All Service JROTC Championship.
They competed Friday and Saturday against top Junior ROTC teams from the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. The team from Franklin County High School had scored higher than any other Air Force JROTC teams during a national championship last month.
Carter coaches the team from Franklin County and is a senior aerospace science instructor at the high school in Rocky Mount. He said the team’s comeback Saturday demonstrated that members have learned that “when you’re down, you’re not out.”
He said people at the competition commented about how well the team performed under pressure.
“They asked me, ‘How many seniors do you have?’ and I said, ‘None.’ ”
The team from Franklin County included students Cody Ashby, Michael Barton, Brantley Santrock and Jonathan Gove.
Students Sierra Czap and Sydney Wood had qualified to shoot as individuals and also traveled to Alabama, Carter said.
He said team members will compete April 4-6 in a Civilian Marksmanship Program regional tournament at Camp Perry near Port Clinton, Ohio.
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