Katie Blankenship (left), Madison Bramley (center) and Kaycie Blankenship (right) show their medals and trophies for winning the top three spots in the NRA U25 F class rifle competition.
By David Zambrano
Two Wickenburg High School rifle team members placed in the top three at the NRA Under 25 national rifle competition and earned places in the world shoot next spring in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Kaycie Blankenship earned second place in Grand Aggregate Competition. Katie Blankenship took third place in the same contest. First place went to Madison Bramley of Mesa.
The national competition took place June 16 – 21 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, N.M., and consisted of five solid days of shooting.
According to coach Rex Powers, “The top seven finishers were all girls.”
Also from Wickenburg High School, Madison Dreher won the 1,000-yard match shoot, but did not qualify for world.
According to Powers, “The wind conditions were horrible with 25 mph winds with gusts up to 35 mph. To be able to hit a 10” circle at a 1,000 yards in those kind of winds is fantastic.”
Shooters were from 23 states and US the Army and Marine Corps.
The two competitors from WHS are now focused on raising funds to go to South Africa.
“It costs about $5,000 each,” Powers said.