A KC student took top honors in a major shooting competition recently, while the college placed high overall.
Caitlin Ross, Diana freshman, competed in a shooting competition last week in San Antonio and placed first out of 74 shooters and shot 98 out of 100 clays. She missed the second clay, then shot 98 consecutively.
Ross competed in her first shooting competition when she was age 13 and has had a passion for it ever since.
“It’s just something I love doing,” Ross said.
Ross uses a Browning 725 sporting 12-gauge shotgun in competition.
KC Gun Club finished third in the Lower Midwestern Conference Championship held in San Antonio last week out of 74 college and university shooters participating. The two KC students competing in the competition, Ross and Matthew Dutton, Kilgore sophomore, qualified for the national competition to be held in San Antonio on March 28 – 30.
“I did pretty well,” Dutton said. “I didn’t let my nerves get to me.”
Ross shot 99 out of 100 and finished first, while Dutton shot for the first time at competition and scored a 71.
The gun club has 10 members involved, and members meet every other Monday night.
“ I think that the team has a great potential to draw students from across the U.S. who would like to further their education and shoot competitively,” Mike Augustine, club sponsor, said. The members go to East Texas Rifle & Pistol Club for shotgun training on Monday nights and occasional Saturdays.
“We would love to have anyone interested in firearms come out and join us,” coach David Ross said. Contact him at 903-806-2772 for more information.