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4-H SHOOTING SPORTS QUALIFIES TEAMS FOR NATIONALS

The San Juan County 4-H Shooting Sports competed in the State Finals in Raton May 4-6. Twenty-three members competed in Shotgun, Air Rifle, Smallbore Rifle, Archery Recurve, and Archery Compound hoping to earn a berth to Nationals to be held in Grand Island, NE, June 25-30.

 


The San Juan County 4-H Shooting Sports competed in the State Finals in Raton May 4-6. Twenty-three members competed in Shotgun, Air Rifle, Smallbore Rifle, Archery Recurve, and Archery Compound hoping to earn a berth to Nationals to be held in Grand Island, NE, June 25-30. The Shotgun team of Jourdyn Rino, Garrett Dickens, Lauren Williams, and Savannah Williams earned that opportunity by winning the high point team title. Dickens won 4th high individual and S. Williams scored high enough for 6th high individual. Also competing for San Juan County was Connor Shahan who notched a 10th place finish. Other members competing for San Juan County Shotgun were Quinten Wood, Taishja Esquibel, and Anna Lewis.

For the second consecutive year, the San Juan Air Rifle Shooters captured the state title distancing 2nd place by 62 points. San Michaela Langlitz had a tremendous day and emerged as the high individual. Amoret McCartney finished 3rd. Logan Moore nabbed a 6th place finish with Bethany Parks close behind in 7th. San Juan County shooters rounded out the top ten with Gabe Doherty finishing 9th and Racine Eavenson 10th. Also representing San Juan County was Camron Martinez. The last week of June, New Mexico and San Juan County will be represented by Racine Eavenson, Camron Martinez, Bethany Parks, and Gabe Doherty at the National Finals in Nebraska.

The Smallbore Rifle team was paced by Amoret McCartney and Rashel Korte with identical 809 scores good enough for a 4th & 5th place finish respectively. Michaela Langlitz turned in a solid 8th place finish leading to a 2nd place finish for the team. These three young ladies along with Jeana Dolan will be heading to Grand Island seeking a National Title. Also competing in the Smallbore Rifle were Gabe Doherty and Camron Martinez.

San Juan County Archers fought the wind as they competed in both the Recurve and Compound divisions. The Recurve team gathered up a 2nd place finish lead by Cody Paris who finished 2nd high individual followed closely by teammate Alec Budd in 3rd. Clint Valerio held tight with a 7th place finish. The Compound team struggled with inexperience and variable winds kept them out of the awards but Bradley Canion, Estevan Estrada, and Joshua Christensen competed until the end.

It has been a great year for San Juan County 4-H Shooting Sports and would not have been possible were it not for the countless hours put in by volunteers who work with our youth following the 4-H motto "Make the best better." A special thanks goes out to Jake Hayes, Ralph Williams, Terry Lewis, John Korte, Randy Langlitz, and Paul Olguin who lead our multiple groups.

The 4-H members attending Nationals will be soliciting donations and conducting fundraisers over the next few weeks in order to gather funding to attend. They appreciate your support.

 

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