JACKSON, MICHIGAN – Two students from the Grand Valley State University Shooting Club competed in the Michigan Metric 3-Position Open Sectional on March 4, 2017 at the Jackson County Sportsman's Club. The match consisted of 120 total shots fired in the prone, standing, and kneeling positions. The individual scores from four preselected shooters are totaled to create a team score. Sectional matches are shot across the county with the scores submitted to the National Rifle Association to determine a National Individual Champion and National Team Champion.
Freshman, Joseph Lentine (Saline, MI) finished 12th in the sectional with a score of 976 (out of 1200). He posted a score of 351 (out of 400) in prone, 288 in standing, and 337 in kneeling. "Joseph continues to improve. The progress he's made in just a few months is quite remarkable. He is going to lead this team for the next several years," remarked Head Coach Cameron Zwart.
Junior, David Cantillon (Orland Park, IL) shot a score of 970, good for 13th in the sectional. He posted scores of 356 in prone, 306 in standing, and 308 in kneeling. "David also continues to improve. He has been shooting a little bit higher in practice. Hopefully he can bring it all together in a couple weeks at the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships," noted Zwart.
Zwart fired the match also and finished 5th in the sectional with a score of 1070.
In the team competition, Cantillon and Lentine teamed up with Tyler Hagen (Battle Creek, MI) and Olivia Rogers (West Branch, MI) to post a score of 4038 (out of 4800). Hagen and Rogers shoot for Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference rival University of Michigan. Hagen and Rogers shot the same score, 1046, with the tie breaker going to Hagen, who had 18 center tens, compared to Roger's 16.
Lentine also shot in the Michigan Conventional 4-Position Open Sectional immediately following the 3-Position match. The match consisted of 80 total shots fired in the prone, standing, sitting, and kneeling positions.
Zwart finished 5th in the sectional with a score of 776.
Lentine finished 10th in the sectional with a score of 726 (out of 800). He posted scores of 193 in prone, 167 in standing, 181 in sitting, and 185 in kneeling.
In the team competition, Lentine teamed up with Zwart, Rogers, and the University of Michigan's Gerald St. James (East China, MI) to post a total score of 1524 (out of 1600). The score is totaled from a fired 40 shot match at the conclusion of the individual match. Zwart led the team with a score of 387. St. James posted a score of 386, Rogers a score of 385, and Lentine a score of 366.
The mission of the GVSU Shooting Club is to provide students with the opportunity to participate in shooting sports, including three position smallbore rifle and precision air rifle. Students with all levels of skill are able to have a safe and enjoyable time at the shooting range while interacting with other students and shooting. All equipment, including rifles and ammunition, is provided. The team meets Tuesday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Grand Rapids Rifle & Pistol Club (1331 Nagel SW, Wyoming). New members are welcome through the school year.
Up next, the GVSU Shooting Club will be at Camp Perry (Port Clinton, OH) for the CMP Monthly Match on March 11th.