Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the West Virginia State Championships and what an amazing day it was! We started out by getting up way too early, like most days where there is a match, and climbed into the car. Now usually I just fall right back asleep in the car and sleep the whole way to the range. However, the group I was riding with tried to make a bet with me, saying that I couldn’t stay awake the whole drive so I took them up on that bet. I climbed in the back seat of the truck and started reading my book to prove I could stay awake and I made all the way up till about 20 minutes from the range, when – yep, I fell asleep. I was so close, and they laughed the whole day about me falling asleep – like always.
We got registered for the match, and headed down to the 200-yard line to await squadding. I was on relay 3 so I got to start my day in the pits. But after my pit duty it was time to get to work. My 200-yard standing score was a 194-4x, clean on my last 10 shots. I then followed that up with a 198-5x sitting rapid fire. I was so excited, that I was jumping up and down and I knew that the rest of the day was going to be amazing! We headed back to the 300-yard line for rapid prone where I shot a 199-10x. After that, I had to go back to the pits because there were only two people on my target so I had to go to the pits more than everyone else. While in the pits it started to rain, and all I could think was please don’t let the match get rained out! I want to finish this match more than anything. So after a short break, and a realization that the rain was not going to stop they said well let’s just get this over with and they let us finish the match. When I got back up to shoot my string at 600 I was warned that there was some weird stuff going on down range that was really messing with everyone, and you could not see it. I ended up with a 191-7x at 600 to finish my day with a total score of 782-26x. This is by far, my personal best for an across the course match, and it was just an absolute fun day. I ended up taking second place overall as well as High Jr. and High Woman.
This weekend I will be participating in a mid-range regional at Camp Atterbury in Indiana. And I will be sure to let you know how that goes!