SPOKANE — Walla Walla High School JROTC Precision Rifle Team member Sarah Jameson emerged from the Washington State Junior Olympic Air Rifle Championships here last weekend as the state women’s champion.
The feat likely will earn her an invitation to shoot at the National Championship at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in April, Wa-Hi rifle team coach Mark Mebes reported.
The state match is held in Olympia and Spokane, and is the qualifier for the national championship match. Only the highest scoring individuals and state champions emerge from the qualifier to receive an invite to the national match in April.
“Teams cannot receive an invite, only individuals,” said Mebes. “This match gives individuals a chance to shoot at the Olympic Training Center alongside some of the best young marksmen in the country.”
Also shooting at the match from Wa-Hi were Lucas Hedine, Allison Juergensen, Andrew Jenkins, Samantha French, Daniel Enger and Nathan Brewer.
Male shooters competed in a course of fire that included 60 record shots from the offhand (standing) position.
Females competed in a 40 shot standing match.
Jameson, a Wa-Hi senior, walked away with the state women’s championship with a score of 386 out of 400.
Top Blue Devil men’s shooter at the Spokane match was freshman Cadet Private Daniel Enger with a 561 out of 600.
Juergensen finished with a 373, and French 369 out of 400 for the women.
Jenkins scored 552, and Hedine and Brewer both scored 546 out of 600 for the men.
“There are a lot of factors that decide who gets invited (to the national championship),” said Mebes. “Sarah traveled to this match before when she was a sophomore two years ago. She is a much more mature shooter now, so it will be interesting to see how she performs.”
“I am excited to find out if I qualified,” Jameson said after the match. “Shooting at the OTC (Olympic Training Center) when I was 16 was one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t describe how it felt to walk down the Olympic Walk between the flags carrying my rifle and gear, knowing that I was walking among Olympians. It is truly humbling.”